FACT CHECKER

A petition was filed recently requesting that the Consumer Product Safety Commission ban all organohalogen flame retardants from four categories of consumer products. The latest Fact Checker entry addresses the media coverage and misinformation surrounding the petition.

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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.