Hazardous Flame-Retardants Found in Day Cares
About the Flame-Retardant Study
Dust samples were collected from 40 childcare centers with a total attendance of 1,764 children. The samples were collected from the air and floor, while children were present.
14 different flame-retardants were tested for, which are called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and they were found in 100% of the dust collected.
The samples were then tested for 14 different plybrominated dipheny ether (PBDE) flame-retardants as well as non-PBDE retardants.
Flame retardants were found in 100 percent of the dust samples taken.
Dangers of Flame Retardants
According to the Washington Post, flame-retardants can lead to a number of serious health effects, incuding:
- Thyroid disruption
- Memory and learning problems
- Delayed mental and physical development
- Lower IQ
- Advanced Puberty