Today’s Health Bunker article is about ‘flame retardant’ health effects when used in consumer products. As always we will use the mainstream science studies available and ask are toxic flame retardants safe? We look into flame retardant chemical ingredients, and what illnesses are linked to exposure to flame retardants?
According to the US, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “Flame retardants are found in a range of plastic, textile and foam products. Some examples are electronic appliances, furniture, automotive and aviation components, wire and cable, carpets, and building materials such as insulation and roofing. Flame retardant chemicals may be released from these articles”.
Fire and Flame retardants are added to other products like clothing, toys, curtains, carpets, furnishings, wood flooring, blinds or wallpaper and bed linen. These chemicals have been found to migrate from product to dust levels then people. Flame retardants are associated with all kinds of illnesses.
From 1980 to 2007 the decrease in cigarette smoking correlated with the lowering of house fires, rather than the use of flame retardants, and I’m sure if we put into these figures reduced usage of coal fires and better overall use of fire alarms this will also lower the UK deaths from house fire even further.
Sold to us all as a fire safety requirement, but do they actually do work and do we still need them?