Friday, January 30, 2009

Lead Exposure

Many parents are becoming more aware of the presence of lead in various items. The Consumer Product Safety Commission sends out e-mails on various recalls on an almost daily basis, and most of the recalls are due to "lead hazard." I recommend that everyone subscribe to the CPSC e-mail recall announce list.

I assumed that most people realized that the biggest exposure to lead is home remodeling. After all, we used to use leaded paint. I guess this wasn't so obvious since a report was just released on it. My advice is to consider postponing remodeling if you have any children in your home under 3 years of age.

If you live in an older home, or have any other lead exposures, please consider getting your child's lead levels tested. I can assist you in evaluating risk hazards, testing your child, and provide treatment if needed. Please call 541-663-6962 to schedule an appointment.

Monday, January 5, 2009

What to do with your old stuff

Did you get a new items recently? Have you figured out what to do with your old belongings? You should try to give away your old treasures, they may no longer suit you, but may be someone else's dream. If you don't find a taker for your old electronics, don't throw them away, E-cycle them!

The La Grande Freecycle list allows people to offer items for free. If you are not in the LG area don't worry, there are freecycle groups worldwide. A quick web search should be able to put you in contact with one. There are several thrift stores in La Grande. The one by the recycling center is a no hassle drop-off site and sells items very cheaply. They accept a wide variety of items. Trying to get rid of old building supplies (lumber, nails, coat hooks, appliances, etc)? Contact the The Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 541-963-2414!

If you still haven't found a taker for your old electronic equipment, or its broken and unrepairable, E-cycle it! La Grande offers two E-cycle locations for computers, monitors, and TVs, The Habitat for Humanity ReStore and the City Garbage Service Transfer Station. Click here to find out more about E-cycling in Oregon. Effective January 1, 2010, all computers, monitors, and TVs will be banned from disposal in Oregon. Before E-cycling you can also try to do craft projects with the parts.

Remember the 3 R's. They are in a specific order for a reason!
  1. Reduce
  2. Reuse
  3. Recyle
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