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American manufacturers warn buyers about hazardous materials in mattress foam

Jordan Highsmith

Posted: Nov 30, 2018 06:13 PM CST

Updated: Nov 30, 2018 06:49 PM CST

U.S. (WIAT) — Americans buy more mattresses in December than any other month. American manufacturers of mattress foam are warning buyers about hazardous chemicals in imported mattress foam.

Consumer advocate Elisabeth Leamy says foams found in some mattresses may contain potentially dangerous chemicals.

CertiPUR-US is working to reduce health risks in mattresses. Leamy says the Michigan-based non-profit puts furniture through rigorous tests before certifying the foam is free from hazardous materials. Due to growing consumer demands, more companies are using certified foam in their mattresses.

“If your mattress is more than 10 years old it doesn’t benefit from that strict standard,” Leamy said.

One way to determine if furniture meets the safety standard is to look for the certified seal.

“We spend a third of our lives sleeping on our mattresses. So this is an investment worth making in something that is right for you,” Leamy said.