The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which is charged with testing the toys that our children play with every day, has only ONE toy tester on staff. I was outraged to hear this, and, by your comments on my last post and the other posts in the blogosphere today, many of you are too. What can we do to fix this? Here’s a five-minute solution: write, email, or call your congressional representative and ask him or her to increase the funding for the CPSC and/or specifically to direct the CPSC to “add additional staff to test our children’s toys for lead paint, small parts, and other dangers.”
Only have one minute? Go to Consumer Union at http://cu.convio.net/FixTheCPSC, fill in your contact information, add a sentence or two to the beginning of their prewritten letter, and click to send it to your congressperson. You don’t even have to know who your representative is or his contact information — it’s all done automatically (by your zip code).
Take action today. For our kids. Because it’s easier than prying Thomas, Dora, and Elmo out of our kids’ hands later.