Get toxic flame retardant chemicals out of household products NOW!
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Many of our household goods—from crib mattresses to couches and electronics—are manufactured with toxic flame retardants. These chemicals do not add meaningful fire safety benefits, but they pose serious health risks. They’re linked to cancer, neurological disorders, impaired fertility and developmental problems.
These chemicals don’t stay in the products we buy—they get into the air and stick to household dust. Children and adults alike breathe them in, eat them when they touch surfaces coated with them and then handle food, and they even absorb them through their skin. In fact, 97 percent of U.S. residents have measurable quantities of toxic flame retardants in their blood.
Because of the risks and the lack of safety benefit, leading consumer, health, firefighter, civil rights and science groups fought for years to ban the use of organohalogen flame retardants in certain products and WON! The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently voted to start the process to ban the sale of children’s products, furniture, mattresses and the casings around electronics, if they contain these toxic chemicals.
But that victory is at risk. Trump has nominated a new member to the CPSC, Dana Baiocco, who has spent much of her career defending companies’ defective and dangerous products.
Don’t let Trump’s nominee reverse the ban. You can help keep the pressure on.
For decades, two powerful industries–Big Tobacco and the chemical industry–pushed for the use of organohalogen flame retardants. The Tobacco industry wanted to allay fears about a link between cigarettes and house fires. The chemical industry wanted a new market for their products and they succeeded in ensuring that so many consumer products become hosts for their chemicals. Despite the harm that they pose to our families and first responders, the chemical industry is fighting to prevent toxic flame retardants from being banned.
Now is the time to speak up! Your family’s health should not be endangered by the couch they sit on or by their hand-held electronic devices. Tell the CPSC to move forward with the ban on toxic flame retardants.
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