04 Apr '12, 4pm

Here's why you should probably look for bedding and clothing that are flame-retardant-free:

The Station nightclub fire at 40 seconds. (Photo by Daniel R. Davidson.) You know brominated and chlorinated flame retardants are bad when when even Walmart bans them from its products. Unfortunately, some fire codes require them . But we’ll see how long that lasts, says Environmental Health News , given that new research indicates burning flame-retardant items makes them emit the same poisons used in Nazi gas chambers. New research suggests that chemicals that are added to upholstered furniture and other household items to stop the spread of flames are increasing emissions of two poisonous gases. … [N]ylon containing the flame retardant brominated polystyrene released six times more hydrogen cyanide when set afire than the same material containing a halogen-free flame retardant. Hydrogen cyanide, used in the Nazi gas chambers, is 35 times more deadly than carbon monoxide....

Full article: http://grist.org/list/flame-retardants-can-turn-a-burning...

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