Can Flame Retardant Chemicals Hurt You?

One can be under the impression that once a material has been labeled as fire resistant because it was modified with a “fire retardant”, one may feel safe from any fire risk. Not only has this been disproved – but numerous other risks were uncovered when this “fire retardant” eventually breaks down and is released into the air we breathe. “today, virtually all furniture contains high amounts—as much as several pounds worth—of flame-retardant chemicals. But these chemicals don’t “stay put” in the furniture. They migrate out, and collect in house dust. As a result, an estimated 90 percent of Americans have some level of flame-retardant chemicals in their bodies.. What many do not realize is that a) an object treated with flame retardant chemicals CAN still catch fire, and b) when it does, it will give off higher levels of toxic carbon monoxide, soot, and smoke than an untreated object. Ironically, these three things are more likely to kill you than a burn might, which means flame-retardant chemicals may actually make fires more deadly. Adding insult to injury, there’s virtually no evidence to suggest that these chemicals actually work when it comes to saving your life should a fire occur..

Article Summary

  • Flame-retardant chemicals have been linked to infertility, birth defects, neurodevelopmental delays, reduced IQ scores and behavioral problems in children, hormone disruptions, and various forms of cancer
  • Flame retardants such as PBDEs were recently identified as one of 17 “high priority” chemical groups that should be avoided to reduce your breast cancer risk
  • Meanwhile, there’s virtually no evidence to suggest that these chemicals actually work when it comes to saving your life should a fire occur
  • Tests show that not only do they not work, but they actually make injuries worse by creating more toxic smoke when “protected” items burn
  • Effective as of January 1, 2014, new flammability standards in California will make it feasible for furniture manufacturers to meet the standard without using flame retardants

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