Toxic Fire Retardants Continue to Threaten Human Health

Fire retardants such as PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) are chemicals added to furniture, electronics, foam insulation, and building materials so they will not easily burn. PBDEs are not chemically bound to the flame-retarded material, so they enter the environment from volatilization, leaching, or degradation of PBDE-containing products. They accumulate in house dust, exposing children, adults, and pets through inhalation or ingestion. PBDEs, found in blood and breast milk, are now found in almost all people studied.

Toxic Fire Retardants Continue to Threaten Human Health
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