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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...

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