The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 10, 1976 · Page 5
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Hays, Kansas
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Friday, December 10, 1976
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HAYS DAILY NEWS PAGE f> December 10, 1976 Lab Works To Keep Toys Safe HONG KONG (UPI) There's a place in Hong Kong that wreaks havoc on toys in an attempt to keep them safe for children throughout the world. The Hong Kong Standards and Testing Center crushes, burns, bites, stretches and twists toys. Any teddy bear or toy car that fails to stand up to these tortures is returned to the manufacturer. The significance of the testing center is reflected in the fact that Hong Kong is the world's largest exporter of toys, a position it took over from Japan in 1972."We do about 400 tests on toys every day," said director Cecil Chan. "Items submitted go through a program of safety testing designed to make sure they are fit for export to the countries hewing to the Federal Hazardous Substance Act regulations." The center serves as a nonprofit independent testing agent M the Toy Manufacturers of America trade asssocia- tion, Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc., the Canadian Standards Association, the British Printed Pattern X Standards Association and other organizations, Chan said. ' The testing is entirely voluntary, he said. "It is a relatively cheap and valuable service to overseas buyers and local manufacturers alike. "A U.S. buyer, for example, can ask a local manufacturer to send toys here for testing before shipping them all the way to America," he said. "That is better than having the shipment arrive in the United State before finding out that it falls short, of requirements laid down by the Consumer Product Safety Commission." "Having toys tested here would also show that the buyer has tried to ensure safety in the toys imported; it is a kind of legal safeguard against prosecution," he said. Hong Kong has been the United States' largest foreign toy supplier since 1971. More than $144 million worth of toys were sent to the U.S. in the first eight months this year. A local manufacturer with an order from the U.S. will send six to 12 samples of a shipment to the center. Sometimes a buyer asks the center to select the samples to ensure, objectivity. They then are tested for toxic substances, irritants, sharp points and edges. Noise-making toys such as toy guns are tested for acceptable noise level. Toys made of volatile, flammable material are tested to deter- mine their flashpoint. Almost all toys have to go through impact, bite, flexure, torque, tension and compression tests. The center has $700,000 worth of instruments for this purpose, Chan said. An individual test costs from $3 to $30. The cost of putting a toy through all tests would be about $100. A product that passes all required tests is given a quality certificate. "If it fails," Chan said, "we offer free consultant service to the manufacturers to tell them what they have to do to make their products meet the standards." "In some cases, it is a matter of remolding one part of the toy or improving the material used. Sometimes this can be done within 24 hours," he said. "Plastic toys, for example, should not have sharp edges even when broken. And they won't have sharp edges if the manufacturer watches the quality of the plastic carefully." Chan said the greatest problem the center must cope with consists of varying sets of standards from country to country. "Through the International Committee on the Toy Industry, of which the Hong Kong Standards and Testing Center is a member, we are trying to come up with a harmonized international standard for toys," he said. That way, toys acceptable to one country would also be acceptable to another, he said. Clubs and Meetings LONG RIFLES The High Plains Long Rifles Association will meet 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Someplace Else Restaurant. Last month, members moved two small buildings to the club's range north of Yocemento and began working on them. Plans have been made to construct a covered firing line south of the existing 25 yard line. By Spring, the club hopes to have the finest muzzle-loading shooting facilities in this region. Members of the association " are also assisting in identifying muzzle-loading firearms and preparing a new display at Sternberg Museum. The display should be completed by late January. The High Plains Long Rifles Association encourages the organized shooting of muzzle- loading firearms, and promotes higher standards of sportsmanship, safety and fellowship among those who participate in the sport. It is a family organization, and anyone with an interest in black powder shooting is invited to visit., More information: Melvin Sauer, David Sodamann, Bob Purdy or Steve Purdy. BASSMASTERS The Lake and Pond Bassmasters will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 3007 Hall. There will be election of officers at the meeting. INDEPENDENT AGENTS The Independent Insurance Agents of Hays met Thursday at Someplace Esle Restaurant. Officers elected at the monthly meeting are: Ernest Rupp, president; Bill Neely, vice-president; Robert Schumacher, treasurer, and Pete Storm, secretary. HAZEL TWO main parts for the lithe jumper! Whip it up in an evening, then sew the rest of the team. Sleeveless jacket swings over shirt, pants. Printed Pattern 4892: Misses' Sizes 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18. Size 12 (bust 34) jumper 2 yards 45-inch fabric. Send $1.00 for each pattern. Add 35t for each pattern for first-class mail and special handling. Send to ANNE ADAMS, c/o HAYS DAILY NEWS Pattern Dept., 243 West 17th St.. New •York, N.Y. 10011. Print NAME, ADDRESS, ZIP, SIZE and STYLE NUMBER. LIONS CLUB Three guests, Dr. Vinton Arnett, Gary Wilson and the Rev. John Thompson, Palco, attended the luncheon meeting of the Hays Lions Club Tuesday. Ladies' Night will be December 20th. A buffet dinner and entertainment is planned. Scott Tishnor and Lee Miller played guitars and sang ballads and several nonsense songs for the program. KIWANISCLUB The regular meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Hays was at noon Thursday at the Vagabond Restaurant. Herb Deines, Dale Montgomery, Glen Simons and Pete Maurer Were this week's guests. Edwin Moyers, associate professor of music at Fort Hays State, was the guest speaker. He presented a program on various songs and uses of the violin. COUNCIL ON ALCOHOLISM The annual meeting of the Ellis County Couricil on Alcoholism will boat 7:30p.m. Monday in the Law Enforcement Center, Hays. New board members and officers will be elected. All board members and interested persons arc invited to attend. More information: call the Rev. Lyle Stuehrenberg or write ECCA, Box 684, Hays, 67601. BPW The Business and Professional Women's Christmas party and guest nigh't will be Monday at 5:45 p.m. in the Coronet Room of the Heritage Club. Mary Reynolds will be in charge of the program. Reservations and cancellations should be called to Margaret F. Williams, 6252846, by 8 a.m. Monday. Jack & Jill open Sunday 1-5 p.m. (adv.) Window Peepers Hoys Arts Council members evaluate the originality, beauty and authenticity of a store window Christmas display enfered in the annual decorating contest. From left are Irma Torrey, Geneva Dies, Helen Her/ and Mar/anno Beach. Holiday Displays Judged With clipboards in hand, Hays Arts Council women took a critical look Wednesday at downtown store windows. , They were judging the dozen Christmas displays arranged by non-profit organizations. The annual contest, sponsored jointly by the HAC and the Chamber of Commerce, is designed to keep "the spirit of Christmas" alive in downtown Hays, said Chamber Manager Jack Wilhm. _ Birthday Candles '' ^_ . ...... Jill Speier was guest of honor at a party celebrating her first birthday Wednesday evening. Twelve guests attended. , Jill is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Speier, 617 East 6th Street. More than 100 civic and social organizations were invited to enter the contests, made possible by merchants who donate the use of their store windows. About $250 in prize money is awarded. First Prize winners which are awarded $25 each, are: — The Ellis County Historical Society exhibit at Justin's Furniture. It's called "Christmas in Pioneer School." The High Plains Garden Club exhibit, which has a Bi- Ccntennial theme, located at Stereo West. —The Prairie Garden Club's "Light of the World" display in the window of Lcgcrc Auction and Realty. 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