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Tents Expose Campers to Toxic Flame Retardants

Tents Expose Campers to Toxic Flame Retardants
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By    |   Thursday, 12 May 2016 05:01 PM

Millions of Americans who go camping to experience nature and the Great Outdoors may be putting themselves at risk from man-made chemical flame retardants used in the manufacture of tents, a new study suggests.

Such chemicals are used in camping materials to keep tents from catching fire should they come in close contact with an open flame. But new research, led by Duke University professor and environmental health specialist Heather M. Stapleton, found that such flame retardants are released into the air within a tent, posing a potential health risk to campers who inhale them.

Some studies have linked flame retardants to reproductive and developmental problems.

The Duke study aimed to see just how harmful these chemicals could be. The researchers tested the air inside 15 different tents and found it contained varying levels of chemicals, depending on the brand.

The researchers noted that though the amount of flame retardant chemicals was below scientifically acceptable levels of 5 micrograms per kilogram of body weight, concentrations of the chemicals can still be hazardous to adults, and are especially dangerous to children, who weigh much less.

Researchers also found a significant amount of flame retardant chemicals on the hands 20 volunteers who set up tents at campsites as part of the study.

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