FACT CHECKER

Celebrate Safely

Throughout the next few weeks, your calendar is likely filled with holiday celebrations. Whether you’re observing Hanukkah or Christmas, or planning a blowout New Year’s Eve party, your holiday season is bound to be busy. We hope everyone enjoys their holiday celebrations to the fullest, and to help you make the best choices this winter, we want to dispel some of the myths and misgivings before the holidays get underway.

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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.