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Common School Items Contain Nickel

Since the end of summer is drawing nearer and school days are close at hand, it’s time to think of  your child’s nickel sensitivity. Nickel sensitive children come in contact with nickel in many different forms throughout the day. Playground equipment may contain nickel.Items may include: 

  •  Belts and buckles 
  •  Binders – 3 ring and paper clip 
  •  Blue jean studs and rivets 
  •  Cell phones 
  •  Coin currency 
  •  Desks 
  •  Desk organizers 
  •  Glasses 
  •  Hair accessories 
  •  Hole punches 
  •  Jewelry (including ear and body piercing) 
  •  Keys 
  •  Locks and lockers 
  •  Musical instruments- metal keys and mouth pieces 
  •  Paperclips 
  •  Pens and pencils
  • Playground equipment
  •  Protractors 
  •  Purses and backpacks 
  •  Rulers-metal 
  •  Scissors 
  •  Spiral bound notebooks 
  •  Staplers 
  •  Watches 
  •  Zippers 

If your child has a nickel allergy, test these items with Nickel Alert™ (dmg nickel spot detection kit) if there is prolonged contact or if a rash is noticed. 

Some items like jewelry are easy to protect and continue using with Nickel Guard™. Other items like musical instruments will take a little more investigation to find a nickel free version. 

Start the school season off right. Buy certified nickel free products. Test metal items that have prolonged contact with your child’s skin. Protect against nickel with Nickel Guard or exchange for completely nickel free version.


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How to Measure Your Belt Size

Most of our belts are sized from the Buckle Fold to the Middle Hole. A 36” belt will have a center hole at 36” and two holes on either side of the center spaced 1” apart each. A 36” belt can be worn as small as 34” and as big as 38”.

There are several options to determine your ideal belt size.

The ideal way is to measure your waist through your belt loops. This measurement is the size of belt you should purchase (i.e. if you have a 34” measurement, order a 34” belt).

An alternative option is to measure your old belt from the  Buckle Fold to the Hole you use. If your belt measures 38” from buckle fold to the hole you use most; then order a 38” belt. This will give you a belt with 2 holes either side of the hole you use most.

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