How to reduce exposure to flame retardants

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Mommy Greenest, shares advice for parents on the importance of reducing exposure to flame retardants and the best methods for reducing your family's exposure
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How to reduce exposure to flame retardants

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So here is one thing that we need to know about flame-retardants. First of all, 80% of the furniture in this country is manufactured with flame-retardants. Second of all, what we found is that flame-retardants don’t actually protect us from fires – that is the irony. And the third thing is that flame-retardants, especially a classical PBTs, are carcinogenic, meaning they cause cancer. They did a recent study where they looked at nursing pillows and bassinettes and car seats and found that 80% of those contained flame-retardants and those are the things that are little babies are sitting in, you know, all day long. So really do your homework when you are buying those products for your baby, for your infant, when you are pregnant, or even when you are getting things for your toddler. Really look at manufacturers that are manufacturing without flame-retardants. If you see TB117 on the label, avoid it. That’s a carcinogenic flame-retardant and that is something that we can look for on labels and we can really avoid. And then, in a general sense, since a lot of our furniture does have these things in them, just wash your hands. Having kids wash their hands with soap and water can reduce the amount of flame-retardants that are then in the dust, then going into their mouths, going into their bodies. So just wash your hands, wet mop your house and use a hyper filter on your vacuum and you can really reduce the exposure for your kids.

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Mommy Greenest, shares advice for parents on the importance of reducing exposure to flame retardants and the best methods for reducing your family's exposure

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Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

Mommy Greenest

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff blogs as MommyGreenest.com, founded EcoStiletto.com, is the former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World and was editor of Children magazine—before she had kids. Rachel was featured in Los Angeles and Lucky magazines and appeared on “Today” and “CNN Headline News,” among others, to talk about leading a judgment-free, more sustainable lifestyle. A non-profit consultant and pre/postnatal yoga teacher, Rachel lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children, who range in age from kindergartener to teen.

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