Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Structure fires that involve modern furnishings may emit brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and organophosphate flame retardants (OPFRs), as well as brominated and chlorinated dioxins and furans, into the environment.
The goal of this study was to quantify the airborne and personal protective equipment (PPE) contamination levels of these compounds during controlled residential fires in the U.S., and to evaluate gross-decontamination measures.
PBDE Organophosphate flame retardants, Brominated dioxins, Chlorinated dioxins, Air sampling, Wipe sampling
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Fent, Kenneth W.; La Guardia, M. J.; Luellen, Drew; and et al, Flame retardants, dioxins, and furans in air and on firefighters’ protective ensembles during controlled residential firefighting (2020). Environment International, 140(105756).