Firefighters Sound Alarm On Toxic Chemicals
Firefighters across the nation lined public spaces with work boots to protest the pervasive use of flame retardants and other toxic chemicals in household products on Thursday, March 27. It's all part of "Give Toxics the Boot", an initiative to get toxic chemicals out of our homes launched by the HBO film Toxic Hot Seat, along with Safer Chemicals Healthy Families, and the International Association of Fire Fighters.
Mark Leno's bill would close loophole on fire-retardant use
A bill introduced by state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would give Californians the right to know whether the furniture they're buying contains potentially dangerous flame-retardant chemicals.
S.F. firefighter's new battle: proving cancer is job-related
The San Francisco Chronicle reports on a law being drafted by San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu to give firefighters the presumption that disabilities from illnesses such as cancer or heart disease were caused by their work. The article highlights the case of Denise Elarms,a female firefighter in San Francisco, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and has been fighting to prove that her illness is job-related.