Studies show that brominated fire retardants negatively affect Ca²⁺ATPase in the brain, skeletal muscle, and sperm.
Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter vacuum cleaner.
Flame retardants accumulate in household dust. Use a vacuum or wet mop only (not a broom which may create plumes of dust in the air.)
Avoid contact with decaying or crumbling foam that might contain fire retardants.
This includes older vehicle seats, upholstered furniture, foam mattress pads, carpet padding, and children’s products made of foam. Always keep foam enclosed.
Check labels of baby products such as nursing pillows, portable cribs, and baby carriers.
Avoid polyurethane foam, and seek alternatives containing cotton, wool or polyester.
Be careful when removing or replacing old carpet.
PBDEs are found in the foam padding beneath carpets. Have a HEPA vacuum handy.
Fire retardants are also found in electronics.
Prevent young children from touching and mouthing items with fire-retardant especially your cell phone or remote control.
When it comes time to replace furniture and mattresses consider buying wooden furniture or furniture filled with polyester, down, wool, or cotton.
These are unlikely to contain added fire retardant chemicals.