It may seem counter-intuitive, but the union of Minnesota Professional Firefighters is pushing a House bill to ban flame-retardant chemicals from furniture. H.F. 1100 would ban the chemicals from children's toys, upholstered furniture, mattresses, carpeting and window treatments.
Firefighters claim these chemicals are producing twice the smoke, more carbon monoxide, and 8 times the soot in house fires. Furthermore, firefighters claim they are seeing increased instances in cancer rates.
St. Paul firefighters burn house furniture to demonstrate the dangers of flame retardant chemicals. pic.twitter.com/1HPmf1o44T— Timothy Blotz (@TimBlotzFOX9) April 30, 2015
Firefighters says the intense smoke from the flame retardant chemicals are causing health threats to fire crews. pic.twitter.com/uHZ50HwyCm— Timothy Blotz (@TimBlotzFOX9) April 30, 2015
The MN Professional Firefighters are pushing a House bill (HF1100) to ban flame retardant chemicals from furniture. pic.twitter.com/nGABVqloAn— Timothy Blotz (@TimBlotzFOX9) April 30, 2015
Tetrabromo phthalate (TBPH)
Tetrabromo benzoate (TBB)
The Senate version of the bill passed 59-2 on Tuesday, but it's currently stalled in the House. If signed into law, the ban would take effect on July 1, 2018.