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What’s endangering America’s children AND the firefighters who risk their lives to save them in house fires?  Would you believe it could be the living room furniture?  In perhaps the most insidious example of a lack of chemical safety oversight, it’s been revealed that toxic flame retardants in most sofa cushions are linked to grave health hazards.

We’ve reported about this previously on the Flour Sack Mama blog, along with the latest in efforts to improve public safety policy on flame retardants.

We’ve shared our frustration at how unfair this situation is, given the average family’s inability to afford replacing their furniture.  Did you know that one study showed toddlers had up to five times as much flame retardant in their blood as their mothers did?  Scientists warn these chemicals are linked to hormone disruption, learning disabilities, infertility and cancer.

This week is your chance to take an in-depth look at why toxic flame retardants aren’t exactly the life savers we’ve been led to believe and could even be riskin our lives.  This week only, you have an opportunity to view the acclaimed documentary Toxic Hot Seat for FREE, thanks to the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition.

This HBO documentary reveals details the chemical industry doesn’t want you to know about how these chemicals came to be in our couches in the first place. It also introduces some of America’s heroes on the front lines of fire protection who’ve been experiencing unusually high rates of cancer. The film is by Kirby Walker and James Redford.

RSVP here for FREE access this week (December 1 – 7) to view Toxic Hot Seat!

Then, please share in the comments what you thought about this important film and what Americans should do about it.

PS — Don’t go shopping for new furniture before you learn what to look for.  Definitely ask the manufacturer if they add chemical flame retardants to their furniture cushions.

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3 Responses to View Toxic Hot Seat Movie for FREE this Week!

  1. Mike Schade December 2, 2014 at 6:12 pm #

    Anne – thanks so much for spreading the word about the week of screenings! Really appreciate it.

    We’re also hosting a Twitter chat tmrw night at 8 PM EST about the week of screenings for Wellness Wednesday. Hope you can make it!

    Here’s a few Tweets we’ve put together about it —

    Join us Wednesday at 8 PM EST for a Twitter chat to talk @ToxicHotSeat & #SaferChemicals Join the conversation: #WellWeds @WellWeds

    This Wednesday at 8 PM EST – LIVE Twitter chat to talk about the week of @ToxicHotSeat online screenings. Follow: #WellWeds @WellWeds
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  2. Betsy (Eco-novice) December 2, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    I’ve been meaning to watch this movie!
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  3. Lindsay December 1, 2014 at 11:36 pm #

    I truly think this is one of the most well done documentaries on the issue of toxic chemicals. The story they tell about flame retardants is eerily similar to the story of BPA, phthalates, vinyl etc. And you forgot to mention that the Stroller Brigade you attended is part of the film! 🙂
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