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Do you oppose toxic chemicals in beds? Vote Here
Your vote and comments are needed to help stop this law. They will be presented to the CPSC and Government officials.
A new law already effective in California, and soon to be enacted nationwide by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) requires mattresses to resist ignition from open flames, even though a 1973 federal law already requires all mattresses to resist ignition from burning cigarettes, and mattress fires have already declined by 68%. Since it requires toxic chemicals in the surface of all new mattresses to meet the new law, we think the risks of the new law outweigh the benefits.
Most people will think, it can't be that bad, it is probably OK. Please consider the following:
The CPSC hopes to save up to 300 lives annually after ten or more years, after all existing mattresses are replaced. This seems overly optimistic and the real number saved can be calculated to only 21 using the CPSC's own data. With 300 million people in the United States unknowingly taking the risk of sleeping in toxic chemicals, they avoid the one in one million risk of dying in a mattress fire. Using the 21 saved number the risk is one in fourteen million. By comparison annual US deaths are 6,091 as a pedestrian, 16,337 as a car occupant, and 17,550 from accidental poisoning by and exposure to noxious substances. Even before the new law, your risk of dying from toxic chemicals, is greater than your risk of dying in a car accident. See Odds of Dying.
There is an entire specialty of real medicine that treats people poisoned by the toxic chemicals in our modern environment, real M.D.'s taught by top schools such as Harvard Medical School. These Doctors see first hand the pain, suffering, and death of these people. All of these Doctors oppose this law.
Every life is important and it is hard to argue with fire safety. However, if this law kills even one more than it saves, it is clearly wrong. It has the potential to kill millions of people. If only 15% of our mattresses prove toxic -- 45 Million people will die.
We have made progress with many Doctors and people opposing this law. The CPSC has received over 500 public comments opposing the law when they would normally only receive about 20 comments from interested parties on most proposals.
We have gotten news for the issue from the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and many other newspapers across the country, as well as TV news from network affiliates.
Please Help. Please vote here. Email the CPSC. Email and call your legislators. Email and tell your friends. Email, write, and call your local news media. It is never to late to try to stop this law and potentially save millions of people.
Notice: The statements and questions contained in this website are not intended to convey allegations regarding any particular company, person, or association. Readers should conduct their own investigation of a company or association or person to ascertain the particular policies, practices, and motivations of that entity. I have reported what I believe to be true and correct to the best of my knowledge and opinion at the time of its writing in a free speech effort to avert a public health disaster.