Navigation Links
Many home couches contain potentially toxic flame retardants
Date:11/28/2012

Scientists are reporting an increasing use of flame retardants in the main gathering spot for adults, children and family pets in the home the couch. In a study published in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology, they describe the first efforts to detect and identify the flame retardants applied to the foam inside couches found in millions of family rooms and living rooms across the U.S.

Heather Stapleton and colleagues explain that many U.S. manufacturers adhere to California's flammability standard termed "Technical Bulletin 117" (TB117) and use flame retardants in residential furniture. The 1975 standard (now being modified to increase fire safety without flame retardants) focused on saving lives by protecting against home fires started by candles, matches and other small flames. Research, however, indicated that flame retardants can migrate from foam to household dust to people and pets. Other research linked flame retardants with adverse health effects. Stapleton's team set out to gather information that consumers often lack, including which couches contain flame retardants and what kinds.

The researchers analyzed 102 foam samples from residential couches and found that more manufacturers about 85 percent are now using flame retardants in their couches compared to the past. For couches purchased in the last seven years, 93 percent contained flame retardants. More than half of the couches contained untested flame retardants or retardants that have raised health concerns, including "Tris," which is considered a probable human carcinogen based on animal studies and was phased out from use in baby pajamas in 1977.


'/>"/>

Contact: Michael Bernstein
m_bernstein@acs.org
202-872-6042
American Chemical Society
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. ACA: More than a million women could gain access to potentially life saving tests for cancer
2. PharmaNet system dramatically reduced inappropriate prescriptions of potentially addictive drugs
3. US performs worst on potentially preventable death rates compared to France, Germany, and the UK
4. Could a cancer drug potentially prevent learning disabilities in some kids?
5. Earphones potentially as dangerous as noise from jet engines, according to new study
6. ACR: Medical imaging study in health affairs incomplete and potentially misleading
7. FEMA awards $1 Million to WPI to develop groundbreaking toxic gas sensors for firefighters
8. Combination peptide therapies might offer more effective, less toxic cancer treatment
9. Rejected drug may protect against toxic substance common to Alzheimers and Parkinsons diseases
10. New study suggests clinicians overlook alcohol problems if patients are not intoxicated
11. First-of-its-kind approach nanomedicine design effectively targets cancer with decreased toxicity
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... BASKING RIDGE, N.J. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... second annual Holly Day Market. Featuring a collection of specialty vendors and unique items ... myriad of personalized and quality-focused health and wellness services offered by the VNA. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh, has ... least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The Book of Revelation paints a ... centuries. Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, but Yisrayl Hawkins says that ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field”: the story of a missionary couple ... From the Mountains to the Mission Field” is the creation of published author, Carole ... and currently teaches a class of ladies at her church, which she has taught ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... CitiDent and ... apnea using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. As many as 18 million Americans ... frequent cessation in breathing. Oral appliances can offer significant relief to about 75 ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( https://isocomforter.com ), one of the Nation’s premier ... of the shoulder pad. The shoulder pad provides optimal support and full contact ... using cold therapy. By utilizing ice and water that is circulated from an insulated ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2017)... AVACEN Medical , Inc. (AVACEN) announced that ... New Product Innovation Award for Its fibromyalgia pain management ... medical device market research by Frost & Sullivan,s industry experts. ... pain relief product, the AVACEN 100, offers a safe and ... pain. ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... 2017  BioPharmX Corporation (NYSE MKT: BPMX) researchers were ... innovative way to use nonlinear optical imaging to confirm ... drugs. A ... show how researchers from BioPharmX and the Wellman Center ... a suite of imaging techniques in what is called ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... Oct. 11, 2017  Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. ("Hill-Rom") (NYSE: ... facility in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico ... blades. Following ... facility sustained minor structural damage, temporary loss of power ... have been completed, manufacturing operations have resumed, and the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: