I see that warning on holiday-light strings also. I don't quite understand why there is lead in vulcanized rubber or PVC plastic...but it's not really a "coating" of lead on the insulation itself.
The lead is IN the insulation is my understanding -- it is part of the plastic manufacturing process...so it really won't leach out into your hands. Still it's a good idea to wash your hands before eating.
#34621 - 02/17/0403:18 PMRe: Wash your hands after handling?
As the plastic decays (weathering, mechanical wear, oxidation), the lead can be released onto the surface as a fine dust.
Usually this isn't a problem, but in some situations you can get lead dust levels that exceed regulatory maximums. One example _may_ be plastic mini-blinds, which have lots of surface area, and sit in sunny windows getting lots of daylight exposure.
don't worry, it will only affect you if you live in california
I've seen this warning on a lot of holiday light strings lately, but never on an extension cord. I thought it had to do with using recycled plastic, and the posibility that the plastic had been in contact with lead in the past.
winnies post seems to be the best explanation. a long time ago i remember hearing something about lead and vinal blinds.
Im sure under normal circumstances, the amount of lead is so small that it doesn't stand a chance of harming you. the companny is just covering their asses against lawyers.
#34624 - 02/17/0405:43 PMRe: Wash your hands after handling?
There's an urban legend (maybe a myth?) that I've heard in quite a few different places about an oldelectrician that used to chew a piece of TW insulation. He'd strip off a piece in the morning, and chew on it all day (like gum, or a piece of straw). "Legend" holds that he died of lead poisoning. There may be more to this than myth...S
#34627 - 02/18/0407:44 PMRe: Wash your hands after handling?