High Levels of Fire Retardants Found in Toddlers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/4/08

High Levels of Fire Retardants Found in Toddlers

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According to a small study done by the Environmental Working Group, chemicals used in everything from TV sets to mattresses are showing up in the bodies of young children. 

The study found that toddlers and preschoolers have levels of fire retardants (known as PBD's) that are two to three times higher than other people in the home.  They believe it is the household dust, not fire retardant pajamas, which is collecting chemicals and exposing the ones who are more likely to crawl around and pick up dust.

The researchers say vacuuming often and with a HEPA filter is one of the simplest steps to reduce exposure.

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