A lot of furniture, beds included, is laced with some pretty nasty fire retardant chemcials, and consumers do not have access to information about furniture contents.

Many are rightly concerned and are pleased about a bill introduced in the California legislature: The

Consumer Choice Fire Safety Act would give consumers the option to purchase upholstered items such as couches and chairs that meet the state’s flame retardant standards but do not contain the toxic chemicals frequently used today. These chemicals, which are known to cause cancer and reduce fertility, have been found in the bloodstreams of Californians, including children and pregnant and nursing moms.

There’s a federal standard which applies here, I believe, as well. Here’s hoping we can get more choices, and hopefully some inexpensive alternatives, as well.