Could your couch increase your chances of getting cancer? Possibly. Studies show that every day we are exposed to chemicals that were intended to protect us from household fires but are hazardous to our health. Toxic flame retardants are used in upholstered furniture such as couches, chairs, and mattresses, including
The new law, An Act to Protect Firefighters by Establishing a Prohibition on the Sale and Distribution of New Upholstered Furniture Containing Certain Flame-retardant Chemicals (the Act) directs the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to adopt rules to implement the Act. To effectively implement
Flame-retardant chemicals used on furniture and other products could be making women infertile, a new study suggests. Researchers in the US found more than 80 per cent of women having fertility treatment at the Massachusetts General Hospital had traces of three types of chemicals known as PFRs in
Ask a public health scientist about couches and cancer, and you're sure to hear about a State of California law enacted back in 1975. That law, called technical bulletin 117, or “TB117”, required furniture manufacturers to treat their products with flame retardant chemicals, mainly to protect against fires
This week, we're bringing you a series of stories about firefighters and cancer. Firefighters say they're worried about getting exposed to certain kinds of toxic flame retardant chemicals. These chemicals are everywhere. They're called polybrominated diphenyl ethers or PBDEs. Firefighters are exposed to
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