Firefighter & Children's Health Protection Act
Prohibits four classes of toxic flame retardants from children's products, upholstered furniture, mattresses, and other household products. Prohibits use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam where not required by federal regulation.
An important step toward protecting children and firefighter’s health was accomplished in 2015 at the Minnesota capitol. With broad, bi-partisan support a bill banning four toxic flame retardants passed the state legislature, paving the way for further action by the state.
While the 2015 ban prohibited four toxic flame retardants (Deca, HBCD, TCEP and TDCPP) from children’s products and upholstered furniture, the law does not ban all flame retardants of concern. This is why the Minnesota Professional Association of Firefighters and Healthy Legacy is supporting a ban of eight additional flame retardants (TBBPA, TBB, TBH,TCPP, TPP, V6, IPTPP and Chlorinated Paraffins).
Starting in 2018 Minnesota consumers can be assured upholstered furniture and children's products will be free of the following flame retardants- Deca, HBCD, TCEP and TDCPP. However, there is more work to do to protect firefighters and families from other commonly used flame retardants.