Twitter Chat: Submit your flame retardant questions

BY Bridget Shirvell  December 31, 2013 at 9:36 AM EST

PBS NewsHour holds live Twitter chats each Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. EDT. Join us @NewsHour using the hashtag #NewsHourChats.

Flame retardants were added to upholstered furniture and other household products beginning in the mid 1970s to help prevent house fires, but in the decades since questions about the safety of flame retardants have arisen.

As of Jan. 1, 2014 a new regulation in California will require furniture products to withstand a ‘smolder test’ instead of a 12-second open flame test, meaning flame retardants won’t be required.

On Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, join PBS NewsHour on Twitter for a #NewsHourChats on flame retardants from 1 to 2 p.m. EST.

Don Lucas of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Steve Risotto from the American Chemistry Council and Victoria Rome, California Legislative Director, San Francisco and Sacramento from the Natural Resources Defense Council will answer questions on flame retardants during the chat. PBS NewsHour producer Catherine Wise, who recently reported on the new regulations in California, will also take questions.

Submit your questions in the comments below and then join us on Twitter for the chat on Jan. 2, 2014 by following @NewsHour and using the hashtag #NewsHourChats.