This video highlights the effects of flame retardants in the home – realised into the room as dust particles where they can be picked up by children and pets.
- PentaBDE can enter the body as an endocrine disruptor which can alter the hormones which affect our development, reproduction and behaviour. Although now banned in the US old sofas still contain PentaBDE.
- Another chemical Chlorinated Tris was banned from children’s clothing because its considered a carcinogen. Both these chemicals leak out of furniture in the form of dust.
- Toddlers and animals who spend a lot of time on the floor are likely to ingest the contaminated dust. Scientists are not sure of the long term effects but they believe it increases the risk of cancer.
- Unfortunately there is no (US) legislation which tells manufacturers to tell consumers what flame retardants they use, so the best way is to vacuum regularly to collect the dust as its truly dangerous.