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New Yorkers demand protections from toxic flame retardants

Governor Kathy Hochul

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What’s At Stake

Every day, most of us sit on chairs and sofas and use electronics that contain pounds of toxic flame retardants. These chemicals migrate out of our furniture and other household products and are released into the air and dust in our homes. As a result, 97% of U.S. residents have measurable quantities of toxic flame retardants in their blood. To make matters worse, household products containing toxic flame retardants can still burn, and when they do, they tend to produce more smoke, soot, toxic gases and carcinogenic combustion products than flame retardant-free products. This puts building residents, fire fighters and other first responders at greater risk of harm in the event of a fire. The dangers of flame retardants are evident, which is why our New York State legislators passed The Family and Fire Fighter Protection Act and we need Governor Hochul to take the final step and sign the bill.

Children and fire fighters are at greater risk of harm from toxic flame retardants, which are associated with serious health problems including cancer, reproductive harm, and learning disabilities. For children, hand-to-mouth behavior and proximity to the floor increases the potential to be exposed to flame retardants. Researchers have found that children have higher concentrations of flame retardants in their bodies than adults.

97% of U.S. residents are at a greater risk of harm from toxic flame retardants in their bodies.
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97% of U.S. residents are at a greater risk of harm from toxic flame retardants in their bodies.

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