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Flame Retardants in Children’s Tents, Play Tunnels, and Upholstered Chairs

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18-04-004May 2018
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Author(s) van Bergen, Saskia
Description In 2016 the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) analyzed the presence of 10 flame retardant chemicals in children’s upholstered furniture, play tents, and tunnels. These product categories were selected as they are associated with performance-based flammability standards. Recently, the California standard associated with upholstered furniture was updated to meet less stringent requirements. Before this update, manufacturers often met the standard using concentrations of flame retardants at the percent level. Our goal was to find out if the frequency and use of flame retardants in children’s upholstered chairs and sofa products sold in Washington decreased with this update.
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