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Hazardous Flame-Retardants Found in Day Cares

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Demetria Ratchford3 years ago

A new study conducted in California has found that dangerous flame-retardants can be found in preschools and day care centers.

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
  • Cancer


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