Tips to Reduce Exposures to Toxic Flame Retardants

Tips to Reduce Exposures to Toxic Flame Retardants

Furniture, textiles & electronics often contain chemical flame retardants. These chemicals can come out of products and people are exposed. Many of these chemicals are linked to cancers, and problems with people’s nervous systems and brain functions.

Ask for flame retardant-free. Ask retailers for flame retardant-free furniture available at IKEA, Williams-Sonoma & other stores

Go natural. Choose flame-resistant materials without chemical additives such as wool, polyester, and down.

If it’s ripped, fix it. Make sure foam is not exposed in furniture.

Get rid of dust. Vacuum regularly with a HEPA filter. Wipe surfaces with wet cloth or mop.

Wash hands frequently. It reduces the amount of flame retardants that enter our bodies.

Buy snug pajamas for children. Look for this tag to avoid pajamas with flame retardants.snug fit pajamas

 

Take Action! Tell your U.S. Senators and Representatives to support pending legislation that bans 10 of the most concerning chemicals in upholstered furniture and children’s products. (www.saferchemicals.org).

Learn more about keeping your home healthy at www.silentspring.org/take-action.

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