Flame retardant chemicals accumulate in our bodies and have been linked to harmful health effects. They release cancer-causing chemicals when they burn, endangering fire fighter health.
The CDC has found these chemicals in the bodies of upwards of 90% of Americans, and they are found in higher levels in children than adults. Americans have higher levels of these chemicals in their bodies than other developed countries.
In 2020, thanks to the advocacy of Maryland PIRG, Maryland fire fighters and our partners, Maryland banned the sale of furniture and children’s products containing chemical flame retardants starting June 1, 2021.