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California Proposition 65 Information

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Understanding Proposition 65

What is Proposition 65?
Proposition 65, also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is a law that requires businesses to inform Californians about exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.

Why was it created?
The proposition aims to protect public health by reducing or eliminating exposures to harmful chemicals in products, workplaces, and the environment.

Historical Context:
This law was enacted following its approval by California voters in November 1986, passing with a 63-37 percent margin.

Chemicals Covered by Proposition 65

What chemicals are included?
The Proposition 65 list includes around 900 naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals found in various products. This list is continuously updated with new chemicals.

Download the complete list of Prop 65 Chemicals here.

Safety and Protection

How does this affect me and what can I do?
As a consumer, awareness is key. While many manufacturers have changed their processes, some products still contain harmful chemicals. Understanding the risks and taking precautions when using these products is crucial.

Further Information and Queries

Where to get more information:
For detailed questions about Proposition 65, contact the OEHHA at or call +1(916) 445-6900.

For Enforcement Information:
Contact the California Attorney General’s Office at +1(510) 622-2160.

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    Get answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding California's Proposition 65

    What is Proposition 65?

    Proposition 65, also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is a California law that requires businesses to provide warnings about significant exposures to chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.

    Why do some fire-related products have Prop 65 warnings?

    Fire-related products, such as fire pits, stoves, and fireplace inserts, may contain or emit chemicals that are on the Prop 65 list. These chemicals can be present in the materials used to manufacture the products or may be released during combustion.

    What chemicals in fire-related products are covered by Prop 65?

    Common chemicals in fire-related products that are covered by Prop 65 include carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), among others. These chemicals can be harmful when inhaled or ingested over time.

    Should I be concerned about using fire-related products with a Prop 65 warning?

    While a Prop 65 warning indicates the presence of potentially harmful chemicals, it does not necessarily mean that using the product poses an immediate danger. It is a reminder to use the product according to safety guidelines and take precautions to minimize exposure, such as ensuring proper ventilation.

    How can I reduce my exposure to Prop 65 chemicals when using fire-related products?

    To reduce exposure, always use fire-related products in well-ventilated areas, follow the manufacturer's instructions, and avoid inhaling smoke or fumes. Regular maintenance and proper installation can also help minimize the release of harmful chemicals.

    Are all fire-related products required to have Prop 65 warnings?

    Not all fire-related products require Prop 65 warnings. Only those that contain or can emit significant levels of chemicals listed under Prop 65 must include the warning. Manufacturers must assess their products to determine if a warning is necessary.

    Where can I find more information about the specific chemicals in my fire-related products?

    For more detailed information about the chemicals in a specific product, you can contact the manufacturer or refer to the product's safety data sheet (SDS). Additionally, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) website provides comprehensive information about Prop 65 chemicals.

    What steps are manufacturers taking to comply with Prop 65?

    Manufacturers are required to test their products for Prop 65 chemicals and provide clear and reasonable warnings if necessary. Many manufacturers also work to reduce or eliminate the use of harmful chemicals in their products to comply with Prop 65 regulations.

    Can I still use my fire-related products safely despite the Prop 65 warning?

    Yes, you can still use your fire-related products safely by following all safety guidelines and instructions provided by the manufacturer. Taking precautions such as ensuring good ventilation and regular maintenance can help reduce potential risks.

    How can I learn more about Proposition 65 and its impact on fire-related products?

    For more information about Proposition 65, you can visit the official OEHHA website or contact the California Attorney General’s Office. These resources provide detailed explanations of the law, the list of chemicals, and guidance on how to minimize exposure.