According to the Chicago Tribune, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is pushing for dangerous flame retardants to be removed from upholstered furniture. This comes on the heels of an investigation launched by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the dangers of these chemicals.
Flame retardant products are designed to protect items from catching fire. However, in the past several years there has been growing concern over not only the ability to prevent fires but the potential of flame retardants to cause health problems. Some upholstered furniture can have up to two pounds of this chemical added.
Like other chemicals that may be commonly used, it could pose the risk of:
- fertility problems;
- developmental impairments; and
- neurological deficits.
One particular brand being focused on is Firemaster 550. The manufacturer of this chemical contends that it is safe. However, it won’t be the only flame retardant looked at when it comes to the safety of the public.
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