“The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.” -F.D.R.
In September, California Governor Jerry Brown signed in Senate Bill 1019, to require labeling of all upholstered furniture indicating if the product contains toxic flame retardant chemicals.
Wooho! Thank you very much, Jerry Brown 🙂
Flame resistance regulations were set forth with the Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA)
Title 15 beginning in 1953 but there hasn’t been a lot of regulation regarding the lobby-heavy chemical companies that benefit from the use of harmful chemicals used to keep our furniture from catching on fire.
We have all been told about these chemicals – good and bad. We’ve been told about off-gassing and that they are thought to be extremely toxic. But we’ve also been told that they could save our lives. With all of these things that we are told, it is nice to now be able to make an informed decision as to whether or not we will expose our children, our pets, or in the tragic event of a fire, even our firefighters.
The California bill states, “Existing state law establishes a standard to produce upholstered furniture which is safer from the hazards associated with smoldering ignition. This standard provides methods for smolder resistance of cover fabrics, barrier materials, resilient filling materials, and decking materials for use in upholstered furniture.”
Many upholstery and furniture manufacturers use harmful chemicals to reach smoldering and fire ignition standards instead of concentrating on equally effective physical barrier tactics that are possible in the manufacturing process. Any furniture sold to a consumer must meet federal flame resistant standards, with or without chemical retardants. It may be easier for our manufacturing friends to just throw some chemicals into our furniture rather than having to sit and think a little harder about how to keep their consumers safe and healthy when relaxing on the couch.
There are real and measurable effects on health in our country correlated with the use of and exposure to these chemicals. Women with higher levels of flame retardants in their blood have trouble conceiving and have smaller babies. Children exposed in the womb are shown to later have learning and attention problems, even lower IQs. Other studies have linked flame retardants to cancer, male infertility, male birth defects, and early puberty in girls.
I am just glad to be informed and I really hope that you do too!
I would love to hear from you guys! What do you think about this bill, the flame resistance laws, and about these chemicals used in our furniture?
-Danielle Sanger @ Sun & Moon Home LLC.
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Original Flammability Laws:
- Click here to take a look, if you dare!
A Few Good Studies:
- Metabolites of organophosphate flame retardants and 2-ethylhexyl tetrabromobenzoate in urine from paired mothers and toddlers.
- In Utero and Childhood Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE) Exposures and Neurodevelopment in the CHAMACOS Study
- PBDE Concentrations in Women’s Serum and Fecundability
- Halogenated flame retardants: do the fire safety benefits justify the risks?