Toy lead testing in Oakland

December 10, 2008 5:10:49 PM PST
Concern about lead in toys is running high this time of year. So now an Oakland environmental group is offering free lead testing for your toys this holiday.

7 On Your Side first told you last week that the Center for Environmental Health and other groups surveyed 1,500 toys and found 20 percent had detectable levels of lead. New federal regulations will ban the sale of many of those toys, but not until February.

"As a parent that doesn't make any sense to me," said Michael Green, from the Center for Environmental Health.

The center is holding "Safe Santa" events where you can bring toys for testing and there are several more testing days in December. Below you'll find the full list of times and locations.

December 2008 Safe Santa Toy Clinics:

  • Thursday, 12/11 from 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Fruitvale Village / BART Station, E.12th Street and 34th Ave, Oakland 94601

  • Friday, 12/12 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Square Recreation Center, 250 10th Street (at Harrison), Oakland 94607

  • Saturday, 12/13 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Berkeley Farmer's Market Holiday Crafts Fair, Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park, Center St. and MLK, Jr. Way, Berkeley 94703

  • Tuesday, 12/16 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Golden Gate Recreation Center, 1075 - 62nd Street, Oakland 94608

  • Tuesday, 12/16 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Rockridge Branch of the Oakland Public Library, 5366 College Ave, Oakland 94618

  • Thursday, 12/18 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Montclair Recreation Center, 6300 Moraga Ave, Oakland 94611

  • Friday, 12/19 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1658 Excelsior Ave, Oakland, CA 94602

  • Saturday, 12/20 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Berkeley Flea Market (Ashby BART), corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Ashby Ave, Berkeley 94703

  • Sunday, 12/21 from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar at Bonita, Berkeley 94709

  • Monday, 12/22 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the deFemery Recreation Center, 1651 Adeline Street, Oakland 94607


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