Are you aware of the danger in the flame-retardant chemicals in the furniture you use every day? These chemicals migrate into the dust in your home and are ingested by every being that lives there. It’s estimated that ninety percent of Americans have some level of flame-retardant chemicals in their bodies, and toddlers often have up to three times the level as their parents.
Why is this a concern? Various researchers report that flame retardant chemicals used in furniture have been linked to cancer, infertility, birth defects, lower IQ scores, thyroid disease, and other health impacts. Most notable, firefighters have higher rates of cancer partly because of the high levels of toxins they’re exposed to when flame-retardant chemicals burn.
These toxic chemicals are in furniture thanks to regulations in the State of California, but the furniture products are not required to name these chemicals on their labels. The good news is that the regulations were just modified to reduce this problem. The bad news is that the law does not take effect until January 1, 2015, and it doesn’t ban the chemicals outright.
Now that you are alerted to this hazard, you have a choice in how you respond. Possible options include (1) searching for all-natural products (there are a few) that don’t contain these chemicals, (2) supporting advocacy groups working to speed up enforcement, or (3) just ignoring the entire matter.
ISSUE: How will you respond to the dangers of flame-retardant chemicals in furniture, clothing, children’s safety seats, etc.?
AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. To support those interested in learning more about this matter, we offer the recent online articles presented below as a convenient way to begin your research.
Issue Link #1: Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals No Longer? New California Regulation Enables Fire Safety Without Toxic Flame Retardants (11/21/13)
Alliance for Toxic-Free Fire Safety
Issue Link #2: Key Flame Retardant Law is About to Change – Updated (11/6/13)
by Bill Webb
I Read Labels For You
Issue Link #3: How safe are flame retardants? (Feb 2013)
Issue Link #4: Assembly Bill No. 127: An act to add Section 13108.1 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to fire safety. (Approved by Governor 10/5/13)
California Legislative Information
Issue Link #5: 8 Sickening Facts about Flame Retardants (12/10/13)
by Dr. Mercola
Mercola.com Take Control of Your Health
Issue Link #6: EPA to Review Flame Retardants (4/1/13)
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