08 Apr '13, 3pm

If I add an organic mattress pad to my daughter's bed, will that help with her inhaling f... #construction #green

I totally understand that you do not want to waste the investment you have already made in a mattress, and I think I might have good news for you. First of all, you are at greater risk of exposure to flame retardants from other foam products than from mattresses. Sofa upholstery, foam insulation, the padding in high chairs or strollers all are made with petroleum foam treated with flame retardant chemicals. The flame retardants can come out of the foam as Semi Volatile Organic Compounds, and become part of your house dust. The fire standard for mattresses is stricter than the one for upholstered goods, and the few seconds that flame retardant chemicals delay ignition are not enough to pass the mattress standard. Therefore most mattresses meet the fire standard by using a fire barrier cloth instead of flame retardant chemicals . I have written about this subject in a previo...

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