25 Mar '12, 12pm

Prevent furniture fires: Get the killer chemicals out of your couch

Prevent furniture fires: Get the killer chemicals out of your couch

The 12-second rule relies on an open flame ignition standard — furniture foam cannot ignite when exposed to an open flame for 12 seconds. But because this test applies only to the stuffing inside furniture and not to the fabric that covers the stuffing — and first encounters flames in real fires — the rule provides no fire safety benefits [PDF]. All it does is force furniture makers to blend flame retardants into the foam — chemicals that are suspected or proven to cause a list of maladies ranging from infertility and impotence to obesity and cancer.

Full article: http://grist.org/living/prevent-furniture-fires-get-the-k...

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