The Federal Government and Your Bed – Are you Sleeping in Toxic Waste?
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. 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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Mattress Safety Links
- Toxic Mattress Chemicals and Memory Foam Mattress Toxicity Cancer and VOC
Chemicals found in mattresses and memory foam mattress contain VOC and toxic chemicals that may cause cancer, kidney, heart, liver damage and toxicity issues from Volatile Organic Content so select a mattress without glues.
- Material Safety Data Sheets