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Regulations Could Lead To End of Flame Retardants In Furniture

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Department of Consumer Affairs regulations would remove open flame tests on foam cushions and focus instead on the ignition of fabric covering.

Open flame tests require flame retardant chemicals that some environmentalists and health experts argue are toxic.

Jim Doucette is with the Firefighters Burn Institute.

"I have seen too many of my brother and sister firefighters contract job related cancers. Many of them have died way too young. We became firefighters knowing the dangers involved but none of us knew that we would be exposed to something that has no real purpose."

The American Chemistry Council argues that an open flame test is an important layer of fire protection.

It says evaluation of flame retardant chemicals should be left to the Environmental Protection Agency.

It could take a year before final regulations are approved.

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