Campus Firewatch Radio: Fire Retardents and Firefighter Safety

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In this edition, host Ed Comeau investigates the use of fire retardants in furnishings and their impact upon the environment and the health and safety of firefighters when the products are encountered.

With the explosive growth of environmental awareness, a much closer look is being given to the use of fire retardants. Are we creating a potentially bigger problem from the chemical exposure than we are solving? In other words, are more people being sickened and killed through the chemical exposure than are potentially dying in fires? Another significant factor is the exposure to fire fighters when these chemicals are burned.

Join Ed Comeau as he talks with John Dean, president of the National Association of State Fire Marshals and the Maine State Fire Marshal. We will also be talking with Richard Duffy, assistant to the general president for Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine at the International Association of Fire Fighters.

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Fire retardants “ benefit or danger?

Initiative for Green Science Policy

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