Torn or damaged furniture

Torn or damaged furniture (such a carpets, furniture, mattresses that is treated with flame retardants such as PBDEs) can lead to the inhalation of contaminated dust

How to prevent Torn or damaged furniture

  • (i) Use moist cloths (not dry dusting) and vacuum with a HEPA filter vacuum to clean to reduce circulation of PBDEs and other contaminants which may be present on dust particles and surfaces (ii) Repair tears in upholstered furniture and cushions to ensure interior foam is enclosed (iii) Replace old and crumbling foam regardless of the covering (iv)Choose consumer goods without flame retardants. For example, concentrations may be higher in polyurethane foam pillows compared to down or polyester fiber pillows.
  • Improper disposal of older vehicles (containing flame retardant treated parts) can lead to the release and inhalation: (i) avoid indiscriminate dumping and scrapping of older vehicles.
  • Damaged sections of the home (such as insulated walls treated with flame retardants such as HBCD) can lead to the inhalation of contaminated dust: (i) Minimise direct exposure to potentially contaminated insolation by repairing areas of exposure as soon as possible.

Torn or damaged furniture AUDIENCES

Hospitals

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