Thursday, September 18, 2008

Keep Fire Retardants Out of Your Kids

The Environmental Working Group just finished the first investigation of toxic fire retardants (called Deca) in parents and their children, and "found toddlers had 3 times the levels of Deca in their blood as their mothers. That means young children in the U.S. bear the heaviest burden of flame retardant pollution in the world. Deca is a neurological and hormone distrupter, and children are more susceptible to its effects than adults." Read the report here.

What's a parent to do? Take these steps to protect your family:

  1. Inspect foam items and replace any with ripped covers or mishapen/breaking down foam.
  2. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
  3. Don't reupholster foam furniture.
  4. Carefully remove old carpet because the padding may contain PBDEs.
  5. Have small children wash their hands frequently so they put clean hands in their mouths!


Riley said...

I don't understand the part about not re-upholstering things with foam?
Since you're getting into this chemical stuff, you should check out Bill Moyers report on chemicals... about 8 years ago? But still an awesome primer on some of the issues around the toxicity of the everyday products that we use. I'll try to find a link to it...

Jocie said...

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Jocelynn and family

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Andrea said...

Speaking of foam/sponge things ... Magic erasers are awesome - but a must keep out of kids reach item too! The chemicals can be harmful as well as the foam/sponge.