Just as flame retardants in sofas and other upholstered furniture can turn up in household dust and cause health problems, it turns out flame retardants have also been used in housing insulation. And just as flame retardants in sofas don’t help prevent fire, neither do flame retardants in insulation.
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis