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The Federal Government and Your Bed – Are you Sleeping in Toxic Waste?

Updated on January 26, 2014

What you don’t know can hurt you!

The Consumer Products Safety Commission is a Government Agency which FORCES Furniture and Mattress Manufacturers to use Highly Toxic Chemicals in products in the name of supposed safety. It’s ridiculous at best and extremely dangerous to your health at the worst.

Do you know what Boric Acid is?

Boric acid was first registered in the US as an insecticide in 1948 for control of cockroaches, termites, fire ants, fleas, silverfish, and many other insects.[15] It acts as a stomach poison affecting the insects' metabolism, and the dry powder is abrasive to the insects' exoskeleton.

Boric acid is also a fire retardant chemical used in mattress production. And due to government intervention in our lives it is now a primary ingredient in Mattress Construction. That’s right the very chemicals used to kill insects are also used in mattresses BY LAW to prevent rapid burning. So for the few idiots who fall asleep with a cigarette in their hand the rest of us are exposing ourselves to dangerous toxic chemicals. This is how the Government looks out for you!

There are plenty of Tests, Government "Officials", and Corporate Cronies to tell you it’s perfectly safe. It's just a small amount right? And small amounts are safe! Of course the Government at one time told you that Asbestos was safe too... and so was leaded gasoline. And if you want to believe them then go for it. For me I do not sleep on a toxic mattress. And yes it’s hard to find mattresses that are not toxic, but they are available. Unfortunately you’ll pay more.

If you sleep on any name brand mattress – Serta, Simmons, Sealy, etc. that was manufactured after 2007 you are sleeping on a cesspool of chemicals. These chemicals do in fact leech out of the material and you breathe in their gasses.

Why is this so stupid? Because it doesn’t make sense to poison people to supposedly keep them “safe”. There is no requirement to make sheets and blankets fire retardant. Your bed is still going to burn up in a fire… it will just burn sloooower. But in the meantime you subject yourself to a plethora of very dangerous chemicals.

Example of other Chemicals Used in Mattress Production in the Fire Retardant Layers

  • Boric Acid – noted above
  • Antimony – possible carcinogen, headaches, dizziness, kidney and liver damage, to name a few
  • Decabromodiphenyl Oxide – Liver Problems, Thyroid Problems, Reproductive and developmental problems, Neurological disorders.

Not only can you breath in these chemicals in the form of dust and gasses, these chemicals can be absorbed through your skin. This is only a few of the many Toxic Chemicals used in the manufacturer of mattresses and furniture.

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) approved a 2006 federal regulation (16 CFR 1640) enforcing a strict national flameproof mattress standard, mandating all new mattresses to withstand a two-foot wide blowtorch open-flame test, for 70 seconds.

The national flameproof mattress regulation has been in effect in California since 1/1/05 and is now effective nationwide. All mattresses, sofa beds, futons, cribs and fold out beds are included under the regulation.

There is no mandate in the Regulations to require manufactures to release the names of the chemicals they use as fire retardants. What is even crazier is that in order to buy a mattress that does not contain toxic chemicals you are required to get a Doctors Note! Chiropractors qualify as well. Now that is just plain crazy! American citizens required by law to sleep in a pool of poisonous chemicals.

Thank the Federal Government for this one. How many of you know a person who burned to death in their own bed? Not many! And when they do it’s almost always their own damn fault for being stupid and smoking in bed.

American Citizens are continually betrayed and lied to by their Government.

Consumer Products Safety Commission = FAIL!

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You might be safer sleeping on a wool pad on the floor than in your bed.
You might be safer sleeping on a wool pad on the floor than in your bed.


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  • LizCarlyle profile image


    8 years ago from Southeast Coastal Region

    It is hard enough sleeping with a snoring husband. Now I find out all these others are in the bed too!

  • Shona Venter profile image

    Shona Venter 

    8 years ago from South Africa

    Thanks for the warning, Mikenv. A lot of people don't realise just where the chemical dangers lurk in their homes.

    Definitely voted up, because more people need to be made aware of things like this. It's also amazing though, that the powers that be, think that 'a little' poison is fine! Unbelievable!

  • gracenotes profile image


    8 years ago from North Texas

    This hub has been voted up!

    Reading this makes me glad that I have been sleeping on a water bed for the last ten years. It's a newer style (with 7 separate baffles filled with water).

    I won't be getting rid of my water bed any time soon.

  • breakfastpop profile image


    8 years ago

    I had no idea. Is there anything that is safe and can we trust anything we have been told? The answer is no, we can't. I've been taking calcium per doctor's instructions and now lo and behold calcium may increase the risk of heart attack by 30 percent. I give up!!!!!

  • tony0724 profile image


    8 years ago from san diego calif

    Mike I had no Idea there were such toxic chemicals in my bed. And I know flouride that the powers that be insist on using in our water is poison too. Maybr this eugenics stuff is not so far fetched.

  • MartyWare profile image


    8 years ago from New South Wales Australia

    Wow, I didn't know that.

    There is just so much Toxic stuff going on in our lives.

    Thanks for updating us on this

    Marty Ware

    The SEO Dad & The creator of the Hubpages Tribe.

    ps: voted up


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