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Flame Retardants Are Used in Furniture to Meet Standards and Provide Protection from Fires


Contact: Bryan Goodman (202) 249-6510
Email: Bryan_Goodman@americanchemistry.com

WASHINGTON (November 28, 2012) The following statement can be attributed to the American Chemistry Council as a response to a study released by Heather M. Stapleton, et.al, on the use of flame retardants in U.S. couches:

“This study confirms what we would expect to find: Furniture manufacturers use flame retardants to meet established fire safety standards, which help save lives. There is no data in this study that indicate that the levels of flame retardants found would cause any human health problems.

“Statistics show that home fires from open flame ignition sources are still a significant problem. Flame retardants can be an effective way to meet fire safety standards, and are designed to prevent fires from starting and if a fire does occur, slow its spread and provide valuable escape time. Indeed, one recent analysis, using data from a National Institute of Justice arson study, showed flame retardants in upholstered furniture can provide valuable escape time. It’s important to remember that flame retardants currently in use, like all chemicals, are subject to review by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and national regulators around the globe.”

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