Posted by Jennifer Carter

If you closely examine your living room couch, your carpeting, mattress  or your child’s car seat, the odds are strong that you will find upholstery that is filled with polyurethane foam treated with a chemical flame retardant. The theory is that if there were an accidental fire, the flame retardant would protect it.  How many fires have you seen with furniture and carpeting that has been preserved?  

The fact is that studies show that many flame-resistant chemicals are toxic and directly result in potential health issues, associated with cancers, memory loss, lower I.Q.s and impaired motor skills in children, to name a few. Isn’t it just as desirable, some would also say, to keep such substances out of people’s lives? Attached is another in depth article on the dangers of flame retardants.