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EWG's Healthy Living Tips: EWG’s Tips to Avoid Flame Retardants

For decades, foam furniture, baby products and electronics have been loaded with needless flame retardants that migrate out of products and into our bodies. These chemicals have been linked to cancer and hormone disruption, as well as deficits in motor skills, attention and IQ in children. Though the most toxic ones have been phased out in the United States, they were replaced with poorly studied alternatives that also could harm health.

For tips on how to avoid these needless chemicals, check out EWG’s Tips to Avoid Flame Retardants.

For more EWG resources on flame retardants, visit the upholstered furniture and insulation sections of our Healthy Living: Home Guide.