“The average American baby is born with 10 fingers, 10 toes and the highest recorded levels of flame retardants among infants in the world. The toxic chemicals are present in nearly every home, packed into couches, chairs and many other products. Two powerful industries — Big Tobacco and chemical manufacturers — waged deceptive campaigns that led to the proliferation of these chemicals, which don’t even work as promised.”

Those three sentences are the opening to The Chicago Tribune’s multimedia report  from May 2012 on these omnipresent nasties, and I strongly urge you to have a look if you missed it. Otherwise, have a quick look below at their graphic on where flame retardants are located within your home or scroll down to the bottom for a link to some tips to reduce your exposure.

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And if you are a concerned parent, you may be aware that most baby clothes also contain flame retardants!

Flame retardants are part of the average person’s body burden these days. As flame retardants leach out of foam and electronics, they become part of our household dust, and we end up ingesting them. Those of us who move about on four legs end up ingesting more of them! Yes, that means babies, kids, pets, and those of us who are just a bit goofy.

Don’t flip out though. You can reduce your exposure to flame retardants in your home; get tips here.