Get toxic flame retardant chemicals out of household products NOW!

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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Many items in our homes—from couches and crib mattresses to electronics—are manufactured with toxic flame retardant chemicals. But recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted to start the process of banning the sale of certain products containing these toxic chemicals.

That important victory is now at risk. President Trump has nominated a lawyer who has spent much of her career defending defective and dangerous products as a new member of the Commission. Now is the time to make some noise to protect our families!

These chemicals don't add meaningful fire safety benefits, but they pose serious health risks. They’re linked to cancer, neurological disorders, impaired fertility and developmental problems. And they don’t stay in the products we buy—they get into the air and stick to household dust. Children and adults alike breathe them in, eat them when they touch surfaces coated with them and then handle food, and even absorb them through their skin. In fact, 97 percent of U.S. residents have measurable quantities of toxic flame retardants in their blood.

Don’t let Trump’s nominee reverse the ban. Your voice can help keep the pressure on!

To: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
From: [Your Name]

I would like to applaud the Commission for taking an important step to protect the public from dangerous organohalogen flame retardants. Please move forward quickly with the rulemaking process and complete the ban on the sale of children’s products, mattresses, furniture and electronics’ casings, if they contain these flame retardants.

My family is counting on the Commission to help protect us from exposure to toxic products.