firefrom the Environmental Working Group, http://www.ewg.org

Chemical fire retardants have become common in consumer products, particularly in highly flammable synthetic materials. Some of the most toxic are brominated fire retardants (BFRs), which include chemicals known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs).

EWG suggests that you avoid toxic fire retardants when you can. Choose products made from less flammable natural materials, or made by manufacturers who use safer alternatives.

The nation’s chemical laws don’t sufficiently protect you from the harmful effects of fire retardants. These chemicals are commonly encountered in our homes and offices.

This is precisely why we chose “Avoiding toxic fire retardants” as this month’s tip. You can learn:

  • Why you should minimize exposures.
  • Which household products contain toxic fire retardants.
  • You can reduce your family’s exposures.

Click here to read the article at www.ewg.org.