Articles Posted in Back To School

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asbestos in crayons - Dallas, TX - Reyes Browne ReilleyThe US Public Interest Research Group Education Fund has found asbestos in crayons. The agency conducted tests on six brands of crayons sold at Dollar Tree. Five of the six brands passed, with the exception of Playskool. Dangerous amounts of Tremoline were detected inside of their green crayon. Tremoline is a type of Asbestos, and exposure to this harmful chemical can cause life threatening complications such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and others.

The US PIRG has asked retailers of Playskool crayons to stop selling them immediately remove them from their inventory. This affected retailers such as Dollar Tree, Amazon, eBay, and DollarDays.com.

“We are conducting a thorough investigation into these claims, including working with Leap Year, the licensee of the product,” Katy Hendrickson Director, Hasbro’s director of global communications said.

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For most counties in Texas, students went back to school in August. Teachers, parents, and kids of all ages likely geared up for the summer to fall transition for weeks.

Returning to school not only means getting back in the classroom, but also the return to playgrounds, gymnasiums, forms of travel, and sports. While recess and extracurricular activities are often referred to as the “fun” part of school for many, they are also the setting for the potential of numerous accidents and injuries.

According to research conducted by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign (NSKC), an estimated 2.2 million children ages 14 and younger sustain school related injuries each year.

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back-to-school-safety-300x161It’s that time of year again: back-to-school season! And that means early morning traffic has increased for those headed off to work each day.

Knowing this, and the risk increase posed to children can give parents an extra dose of anxiety. Thankfully, there are ways parents can protect their children from bus accidents, car accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents during the school months.

Back-to-School Bus Safety

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