Toxic flame retardants (FRs) are found in many everyday household items including furniture, electronics, cars and building insulation.
Toxic FRs leach out from products into house dust. This is a major exposure route for babies and young children who spend lots of time playing on the ground and putting their hands in their mouths.
FRs threaten our babies’ brains, affecting neurodevelopment. Scientific studies link FRs to cancer and to harm of the endocrine system.
Don’t keep a TV in baby’s room.
Television casings can contain up to 20 percent FRs by weight, which leaches out into the surrounding area.
Try to keep floors and other surfaces free of dust.
Flame retardant chemicals migrate into house dust, pollute breast milk and cord blood, and disrupt a baby's brain development.
Avoid products that contain flame retardants.
Use the guides below, look for “FR-free” labels, or ask an employee wherever you are shopping.