Flame retardant chemicals should not be considered as a fit-for-purpose solution in furniture | 5th stakeholders meeting
The Alliance for the Case for Flame Retardant Free Furniture is glad to report
stakeholders and policy makers about the "Fifth Stakeholder Meeting" with Prof. T.
The initiative took place on 29th January in Brussels
gathering different stakeholders, researchers,
practitioners and EU institutions’ officials.
At this fifth meeting, Prof. T. Richard Hull presented the
finding of his newly published study: “Flame
retardants in UK furniture increase smoke
toxicity more than they reduce fire growth rate”.
Professor Hull confirmed that fire toxicity is the main
cause of deaths and injuries in fires, and he stated that,
“once the ignition occurs, the presence of flame retardants has little effect on the fire growth rate,
but does have an adverse effect on the smoke toxicity”. In fact, thanks to the tests that his team
has performed, he discovered that furniture products treated with flame retardant chemicals to
comply with the UK and Irish regulations release higher rates of hydrogen cyanide (HCN), which
is the chemical compound causing sudden loss of consciousness, and therefore deaths, during
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