Take Action: Help Stop the Use of Toxic Flame Retardants

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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Tell the Consumer Product Safety Commission to move forward with the ban on organohalogen flame retardants!

A new study shows that removing flame retardants from a consumer product can significantly reduce kids’ exposures. Published this week in Environmental Pollution, the study found that flame retardant-laden nap mats are a significant source of toxic flame retardants in childcare centers, and that by removing the chemicals from nap mats, the levels of toxic flame retardants in the dust declined by as much as 90%.

The solution is clear: kids shouldn’t be sleeping on, playing in, or breathing in toxic flame retardants. The only way to ensure ALL kids are protected is to stop putting flame retardants in nap mats and other products and for policymakers to ban the use of the chemicals.

Late last year, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission voted to move forward with a ban on a particularly hazardous class of flame retardants called “organohalogens”. But the Trump administration could delay or derail this important protection measure.

Children’s health should not be endangered by the nap mat at childcare or the couch at home. Let’s keep the pressure on and tell the CPSC to honor its promise to protect consumers and uphold the ban on these dangerous chemicals!

The CPSC made the right decision to begin the process to ban the use of organohalogen flame retardants. Keep the pressure on the CPSC to finalize the ban now!


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To: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
From: [Your Name]

We are writing to urge you to finalize the ban on organohalogen flame retardants in household products, and to bring a new study to your attention that gives further evidence that these chemicals have no place on store shelves.

The study, published in the journal Environmental Pollution, found that flame retardant-laden nap mats are a significant source of organohalogen flame retardants in childcare centers, and that by removing the chemicals from nap mats, it is possible to lower levels of organohalogen flame retardants in childcare centers by as much as 90%. This is an encouraging finding that supports the need to take swift action and move forward with the ban on organohalogen flame retardants in products.

The public relies on the Consumer Product Safety Commission to protect them from products that may pose a hazard to their health. Thank you for the action you have taken so far to begin the rulemaking process to ban the sale of household products containing organohalogen flame retardants. We respectfully urge you to move forward quickly and finish the rulemaking process.