A coalition of lawmakers and other groups are pushing to get flame retardant materials out of homes. They say the problem is toxicity and that it's widespread in many homes.
It's found in furniture, as well as baby mats, mattresses and child car seats, and activists say the carcinogen can pose serious neurological harm.
A bill in the Senate seeks to ban the fire retardant Chlorinated Tris, as well as broaden a ban on DECA that lawmakers approved in 2009.
"When you sit down on your couch, the foam compresses and out goes some air and some dust that contains these toxic chemicals. And then we ingest this dust. It gets in our hands and things like our toddlers who are rolling around on the ground, putting their hands in their mouths a lot have particularly high levels of these toxins in their bodies," said Lauren Hierl of VPIRG.
"My members go to work every day and understand the inherent risks we face as firefighters, EMTs and paramedics. However, we've drawn a line in the sand by saying no to harmful flame retardants," said Matt Vinci of the Professional Firefighters of Vermont.
A form of the Chlorinated Tris common in children's pajamas was banned back in the 1970s, but activists say it has come back in other products.
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:21 AM EST2014-03-08 15:21:27 GMT
Two firefighters are recovering from minor injuries. They were injured while fighting a at the Bennett Farm on Route 15 on the Johnson-Cambridge town line. The fire started in a shed around 7:30 FridayMore >>
Two firefighters are recovering from minor injuries.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:20 AM EST2014-03-08 15:20:42 GMT
Friends are rallying around families who lost everything in an apartment building fire in St. Johnsbury. They immediately took to Facebook after hearing about this fire and started planning to collectMore >>
Friends are rallying around families who lost everything in an apartment building fire in St. Johnsbury.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 10:20 AM EST2014-03-08 15:20:05 GMT
Reporter: "What are some of the most common burn injuries that we see with kids coming into the hospital?" Jim Esdon, Dartmouth Hitchcock Injury Prevention Center: "This time of year, the glass frontedMore >>
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Saturday, March 8 2014 10:19 AM EST2014-03-08 15:19:21 GMT
Armed with just two L rods, 87-year-old John Wayne Blassingame starts looking for water by asking yes or no questions. "Does it go past 20 feet, does it go past 30 feet, yah," he says. The rods crossingMore >>
A national organization based in Danville says it is providing resources to people in desperate need to find water.More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:31 AM EST2014-03-08 13:31:36 GMT
The Governor is traveling to Rhode Island Saturday. His office says Governor Peter Shumlin will be at Brown University in Providence taking part in a forum with the Rhode Island Governor. While theMore >>
The Governor is traveling to Rhode Island Saturday. More >>
Saturday, March 8 2014 8:17 AM EST2014-03-08 13:17:30 GMT
We have some ideas for your Saturday. IRISH FESTIVAL The 19th annual Burlington Irish Heritage Festival kicks off today. There is a lecture about the role of Irish immigrants in the Civil War at theMore >>
Friday, March 7 2014 7:28 PM EST2014-03-08 00:28:44 GMT
Williston Police say, the powder was from a generic prescription medication. They say, the man was from Burlington and had the paperwork in his pocket with his medicine and that's how it got on there. More >>
Williston Police say, the powder was from a generic prescription medication. They say, the man was from Burlington and had the paperwork in his pocket with his medicine and that's how it got on there.More >>