Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Age Matters: Why You Should Replace Your Pre-2004 Los Angeles Carpet
"In 2004, PBDE was phased out and banned in both the U.S. and European Union. The United Nations followed suit in 2009, including it in the list of banned persistent organic pollutants. Although it was banned, however, PBDE-carrying carpets still remain to be available in the market today. This means that homeowners, if not careful, could still expose themselves and their families to this toxic chemical without necessarily knowing about its presence. Fire retardants are still used in some carpets, and this should be fine for as long as it does not contain PBDE. Check for the letter T on the carpet label, as required for all treated carpets under the Federal Standard for the Flammability of Mattress Sets (16 CFR Part 1633) of 2007, to confirm if the carpet material you are purchasing is treated with fire retardant. Of course, it is wholly up to your personal choice if you will instead prefer to get a Los Angeles carpet not treated with any chemical."