STATEWIDE — A new bill in the works will help stop the use of chemicals in furniture.
The proposed bill would restrict the sale of residential upholstered furniture treated with flame-retardant chemicals to align Maine’s law with California standards.
Some lawmakers say the standards all across the country are set at California’s and the state of Maine should also do the same.
“I understand the concerns of firefighters which is the group which initially brought this bill I know that structure fires, car fires, and other incidences do expose first responders to a whole host of chemical exposures we’re not interested in watering down Maine’s law or weakening it we’re just trying to simply make it workable,” said Curtis Picard, president of Retail Association of Maine.
If the bill passes a piece of furniture in Maine will say that the piece is made at California standard, meaning a ban on flame-retardant and no use of such chemicals in the making of the furniture.