FACT CHECKER

The Difference Flame Retardants Make

One of the most misleading statements about flame retardants is that “they don’t work and they’re not needed.” Get the facts on what life would be like without flame retardants.

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Children and the elderly are most at risk for home fire deaths.

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Flame retardants are a widely-recognized fire safety tool.

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Flame retardants are subject to review in the U.S. and around the world.

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Every 23 seconds, a fire department somewhere in the U.S. responds to a fire. (NFPA)

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Experts say flame retardants are important to stopping or slowing the spread of fire.

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On average, 7,000 home fires a year originate from upholstered furniture.

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Flame retardants are used in furniture, electronics, homes, offices, cars and planes.

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Flame retardants help meet proven fire safety codes.

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Flame retardants provide an important layer of fire protection.

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Flame retardants, like alum, have been used since ancient times.