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.
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.