What Can Be Done to Protect Against the Impact of Fire Retardants?

What Can Be Done to Protect Against the Impact of Fire Retardants?

There are two big questions in the fight against flame retardants: How do I protect my own family and how do I make a difference for the future of our planet?

How to protect your family

  1. Keep dust levels down by wet mopping and vacuuming with a HEPA filter
  2. Wash your hands and those of your children often, as hand to mouth contact exposes us to flame retardants in dust
  3. Purchase baby products and furniture filled with cotton, polyester, or wool instead of polyurethane foam
  4. Avoid products that use polyurethane foam and have a TB117 label which likely contain chemical flame retardants
  5. Contact manufacturers to inquire whether retardants were added to product

Some manufacturers that state products do not contain halogenated flame retardants:

  • BabyLuxe organic pads and mattresses
  • BabyBjorn baby carriers
  • OrbitBaby strollers and car seats
  • Boppy nursing pillows


What should be done?

Demand toxic-free products for your family

Sample letters at: www.greensciencepolicy.org/safekids

1) Tell the California Bureau that implements the TB117 standard that needs to be updated so products are fire-safe and non-toxic.

Contact: Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation Email: homeproducts@dca.ca.gov Phone: (916) 574-2041 Fax: (916) 574-2043 3485 Orange Grove Avenue North Highlands, California 95660

2) Contact California state Senators and Assembly Members and demand to be able to choose fire safe and non-toxic products for your family. Your voice does matter.

Legislators contact information: House.gov

Arlene Blum

Arlene Blum PhD, biophysical chemist, author, and mountaineer is a Visiting Scholar in Chemistry UC Berkeley and also executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute.

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