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National toy tests show dangerous decibel levels
« on: June 16, 2008, 08:25:18 PM »
A "significant" number of sound-emitting toys tested by Health Canada exceeded the 100-decibel limit set to protect children's hearing when they were played close to the ear, according to test results obtained by Canwest News Service.

Seven of 24 electronic toys tested at the Product Safety Laboratory in Ottawa produced noise in excess of 100 in these "worst-case" close-play scenarios.

Characterizing this number of samples as "significant," the report concludes it is "reasonably foreseeable" that children hold toys close to the ear, "if for a short period of time only."

The current rule in Canada, in place since 1970, allows toys as loud as 100 decibels, measured at a reasonable distance from a child's ear or at the distance the toy was designed to be played. This noise level is comparable to the sound of a lawn mower or a motorcycle.

Five of the toys exceeding the limit were musical instruments and two were toy cell phones, according to the most recent enforcement report, for 2005/06, released under Access to Information legislation.

http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=42c4e29d-8708-4297-91b3-26cfdb88a249

 

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