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New Research Finds Flame Retardants Produce Deadlier Fires

Posted By Mark Boyer On April 19, 2012 @ 3:40 pm In eco kids,Inhabitots,News | No Comments

House on fire, fire, fire truck, burning house, flames [1]

Products like baby mattresses and car seats that use flame retardants [2] have come under heavy scrutiny in recent years because they contain powerful toxins that are known to cause impaired neurological development and a variety of other health problems. In an ironic twist, new research suggests [3] that flame retardants, even though they may slow the spread of flames, can produce deadlier fires. A not-yet-published study in Great Britain finds that flame retardants increase the amounts of carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide — two of the biggest killers in fires — when they are burned. Few details about the new research have been released so far, but this sounds like another strong case against the continued use of flame retardants.


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[2] flame retardants: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flame_retardant

[3] new research suggests: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2012/burning-irony

[4] READ MORE >: http://www.inhabitots.com/research-suggests-flame-retardants-may-create-deadlier-fires/

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