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CPSC Warns Consumers About Easter Grass Flammability

Release Date: March 24, 1975

Synthetic Easter grasses used in children's Easter baskets can ignite and burn and should not be used or stored near sources of fire, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned today.

Although most manufacturers have turned to polypropylene, a substance that may burn less quickly than the shredded cellophane and waxed paper that was employed frequently in the past, the consumer has no way of differentiating these materials and should use all Easter grasses with caution.

The Commission currently is reviewing the entire question of Easter grass flammability and the flammability requirements that apply to toys and other products used by children. Commission accident investigation files show no reported injuries associated with Easter grasses.

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