Ac­ces­sories likely safe if not on re­call list

Austin American-Statesman - - LIFE&ARTS - PETER MONGILLO

DCad­mium, an el­e­ment that ex­ists nat­u­rally in soil, rocks and coal, is found in some con­sumer prod­ucts, in­clud­ing bat­ter­ies. It is also present in cig­a­rette smoke and car ex­haust. If in­gested, it can weaken bones and kid­neys. Like lead, cad­mium made news re­cently as glasses at McDon­ald’s and jew­elry at stores such as Limited Too have been re­called due to el­e­vated lev­els of the metal.

Dou­glas Borys, di­rec­tor of the Cen­tral Texas Poi­son Cen­ter, says that much of the dan­ger from cad­mium comes from on­go­ing ex­po­sure to con­tam­i­nated ob­jects. Borys adds that though cad­mium test kits are avail­able, he doesn’t rec­om­mend spend­ing the money, as the re­sults are not go­ing to be as re­li­able or re­pro­ducible as largescale tests. In­stead, he rec­om­mends buy­ing chil­dren’s jew­elry from larger stores that pub­licly post re­calls and re­move re­called prod­ucts from shelves im­me­di­ately. He adds that re­calls typ­i­cally hap­pen quickly, and that if your grand­daugh­ter has a piece of jew­elry that has not been re­called, it is prob­a­bly safe.

If you have VHS movies that you think other peo­ple might watch, you can do­nate them to thrift stores such as Good­will. If you plan to at­tend a Texas Rol­ler­girls bout, you can also do­nate VHS tapes (along with CDs, DVDs, cas­settes, etc.) there. For a $6.95 ship­ping fee, on­line com­pany Greendisk, www.greendisk.com, will ac­cept up to 20 pounds of VHS tapes, as well as a va­ri­ety of other me­dia-re­lated waste for re­cy­cling.

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Austin’s city code states that the owner or han­dler of a dog must keep that dog un­der re­straint (with the ex­cep­tion of leash-free ar­eas) and un­der con­trol. The code also states that the owner or han­dler must “promptly re­move and san­i­tar­ily dis­pose of fe­ces left on pub­lic or pri­vate prop­erty,” un­less it is on the owner’s prop­erty. So, if you are pick­ing up af­ter your dog you are not vi­o­lat­ing any codes, but if your neigh­bor re­ally does not want you on her prop­erty, per­haps it is best to avoid that par­tic­u­lar lawn.

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