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Are Fire Retardants Putting Us At Risk? (Part 4)

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Some firefighters say we could cut back on the use of PBDEs in our homes if we focused more on sources of fire ignition, like cigarette butts.
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Some firefighters say we could cut back on the use of PBDEs in our homes if we focused more on sources of fire ignition, like cigarette butts.

From The Environment Report

Producer: Rebecca Williams

Flame retardant chemicals are added to hundreds of products in our homes and offices to slow the spread of fire. But during a fire, the fumes can cause problems for firefighters. In the fourth part of our five part series, Rebecca Williams reports that some firefighters say flame retardants can make their jobs more dangerous...

American Chemistry Council

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