Q. I've heard that there is lead in the twinkle lights we use to decorate our Christmas tree. Is it safe to use them if I have young children?
A. It is true that those ubiquitous holiday twinkle lights use a tiny amount of lead to stabilize the PVC plastic in the manufacturing process. That helps prevent cracking as well as acting as a flame retardant (sounds like a good idea to us@). We suggest that your little ones don't touch the lights anyway (or eat them, for that matter). But, if your child does touch the light strands, just get him to wash his hands afterwards.