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Low fire danger clothing may be high chemical danger clothing

Many products in your home will have been treated with a flame retardant chemical. Everything from mattresses to DVD players, pillows, clothes, furniture and even televisions may have been treated with these flame retardant chemicals in the production process and by law, infants bedding and sleepwear must be treated. Manufactures are however, not required to provide information on labels or packaging about chemicals used to fireproof clothing, and some of these chemicals can be harmful to health ‚Äì especially for young ones. Many people would actually feel assured when they see a ‘low fire danger’ label in a garment but unless that garment is made of a naturally flame resistant fibre such as wool, the exposure to a chemical such as BFR (brominated flame retardant) is a potential health problem. Infants and young children can be particularly susceptible to adverse reactions ‚Äì a new mattress, pyjamas and bedding may be a chemical flame retardant concoction that is more than little systems should have to cope with.

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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world.

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