A growing body of scientific evidence shows that flame retardants are toxic and can contribute to a range of health problems, including neurological and developmental impacts, reproductive impairments, hormone disruption, and cancer. These chemicals accumulate in the fatty tissues of humans and wildlife and pose a disproportionate threat to the health of fetuses and children due to their smaller, rapidly developing bodies. Studies have also demonstrated that these chemicals are ineffective at stopping fires!
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has identified organohalogen flame retardants as chemicals of concern. The CPSC is now soliciting comments from the public on a proposal to prohibit the sale of consumer products containing these chemicals, including children's products, household furniture, bedding, and plastic casings.
Please take a minute today to email CPSC, and tell them to eliminate toxic flame retardants in consumer goods and household products.
Flame retardants are highly persistent toxic contaminants. They are present in almost all treated wastewater streams and were the most common emerging contaminant found in a U.S. Geological Survey study analyzing 139 streams and rivers across the U.S. Flame retardants used in manufacturing household furniture can offgas, or release toxic dust particles into the air, which can be easily inhaled.
While fire safety is important, emerging science has called into question the efficacy of chemical flame retardants in protecting the public from fires. Additionally, improved fire safety and prevention techniques have significantly reduced the need for chemical flame retardants in everyday household products.
Household fires have become more toxic over the years as plastic appliances and furniture containing flame retardants have become more common. When products containing flame retardants burn, they produce large quantities of smoke, soot, and toxic gases, which can put firefighters at an elevated risk of exposure to toxic fumes.
Thank you for taking action on this important issue. Together we make a difference!
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