Ignoring established science and 35 years of recorded/documented safety statistics and lives actually saved in California, Chicago Tribune watchdog reporters have recently published a series that insults readers of all persuasions. It especially insults those of us who have lived or do live in older housing with little or few protections from residential fires that kill many, many people outside California.
From a Louisiana emergency room doctor: “As a scientist, I am amused by arguments that “fire retardants are toxic”. Fire is MUCH MORE TOXIC.”
Any tour of Hispanic or Inner City America reveals – even to Chicago Tribune reporters – residences without ceiling sprinklers, fire extinguishers, carpets and furniture treated with fire retardant chemicals, removable burglar bars or many other safety features found in middle-class neighborhoods throughout the country.
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