A new study found traces of chemicals associated with flame retardants in a small number of Californians. That in itself is disturbing for a number of reasons. A variety of debilitating conditions are associated with the chemicals, including cancer, neurological diseases and developmental disorders in children.
This study, while small, underscores the dangers of California’s 1975 law that set fire safety standards for furniture manufacturers. As a result of the law, companies injected flame retardant chemicals into all upholstered furniture for the past 40 years.