Fire Retardants in Mattresses
In the last decade, it has become mandatory that all mattresses should include Fire Retardant Chemicals that are designed to withstand the naked flame of a blowtorch for up to 70 seconds. The introduction of this regulation in 2007 has proven to be controversial due to the health implications associated with using these chemicals. The good news is that toxic fire retardants in mattresses can be avoided, let our industry experts help you.
The vast majority of sleep product manufactures or almost 92% of the market use controversial fire retardant chemicals because of their cost-effectiveness, without taking into account the long-term health implications that it can have on their customers.
Choosing a Healthier Mattress
We at Natural Mattress Matters, consider the health of our customers to be of paramount importance and have decided to use a higher quality fire retardant in our products. Natural Mattress Matters organic mattresses and organic crib mattresses use natural wool, natural wool meets the same safety requirements as other products without putting our customer’s health at risk.
Dangerous Chemicals found in Fire Retardants
Hazardous fire retardants are found in a plethora of products around the home ranging from children’s clothing, soft furnishings, flooring, and computers. These fire retardants contain such harmful chemicals as Boric Acid which is also used in pesticides, Antimony which can cause skin irritation, damage to the pulmonary system and is a possible carcinogen and Decabromodiphenyl Oxide which has been found to damage the liver and thyroid and is also a possible carcinogen.
Exposure to these Toxic Flame Retardants
These chemicals are released from beds over time and can be absorbed through the human epidermis. Exposure to these fire-retardant chemicals has been linked to neurological damage, cancer, and birth defects found in new-born babies. Protracted exposure to these chemicals over time leads to a build-up in the body which has resulted in them being found in the bloodstream, breast milk, urine and umbilical cord blood.
Chemicals Found in Most Mattress Fire Retardants
In 2006 the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) authorized a federal regulation (16 CFR 1640) implementing a stringent national fire resistant criterion, necessitating that all beds are required to withstand the naked flame of a blowtorch for at least 70 seconds. This regulation first came into effect in California and has now been expanded to include the entire country. All beds, futons, sofa beds, cribs and fold out beds are required to comply with the regulation.
The CPSC has concluded that the levels of the chemicals used in fire retardants are safe for human exposure, this stands in contrast to the findings of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA has found that the level of Antimony used in fire retardants is 27.5 times higher than the recommended amount that is deemed safe for human exposure. https://www.epa.gov/
Why are most Fire Retardants in Mattresses Harmful?
Although the regulation is designed to protect the safety of the consumer, it has proven to be a double-edged sword that has created a new health risk due to the use of hazardous chemicals in the manufacture of fire retardants. Most bedding manufacturers use these harmful chemicals in order to comply with the safety regulation, however, they are not required to label their products with the chemicals used in the fireproofing process.
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