In 2015, Minnesota made important progress by banning four of the most toxic flame retardants from our furniture and children’s products, but our work isn’t done. There are many other dangerous flame retardants, and they exist in more parts of our homes than just furniture and children’s products. Other states like Rhode Island, Maine, and recently California have banned flame retardants as a class of chemicals, and that’s what it will take to fully address this problem.
In our homes, flame retardants often migrate out of products into household dust and into the human body. Because children play on the floor and put their fingers in their mouths, they are particularly at risk. Flame retardant chemicals have been linked to harmful effects on reproduction and development, including learning disabilities, disruption of hormone and immune systems, and cancer.
Ask your elected officials to support kids and firefighters by passing the Firefighter and Children Health Protection Act (SF321 / HF359).