Give Toxics the Boot- CAI was reminded last night what a powerful and urgent issue we work on. This is a picture of over 200 pairs of fire fighter boots in San Francisco, raising awareness about the increased cancer rates in fire fighter populations.

It was part of a campaign called Give Toxics the Boot, where we teamed up with the filmmakers of the documentary Toxic Hot Seat and the International Association of Fire Fighters to call on our leaders to protect us from toxic chemicals.

We spent the evening with filmmakers James Redford and Kirby Walker and screened the film in Washington DC. (You can read our exclusive interview with them here.)

I’ll be honest, as someone who works in this field, it’s always a little scary when a documentary comes out about your issue. You wonder what angle they will take, how they’ll tell the story, and Redford and Walker nailed it.

The documentary is a powerful, and factual account of the challenges we face as we try to put common sense limits on toxic chemicals. The chemical industry, with deep roots and ties to the tobacco industry, will go to any length to protect the chemicals they make.

It’s the story about fire fighters and their unique exposure to toxic chemicals and cancer rates as a result. The story about people and public health advocates working together to change the status quo. And it follows the investigative reporters at the Chicago Tribune who released the four part series Playing With Fire exposing the chemical industry and flame retardants as both ineffective and toxic.

Meanwhile in states across the country public health leaders and fire fighters hosted events to give toxics the boot. Take a moment to see some of the great photos from yesterday’s events.

Watch the film

You can watch the documentary on HBO-Go right now! Don’t have HBO- Go? The film will come to the general public soon, you can join our email list to get a notice when it’s available.

The documentary is also available for educational purposes for educators, fire fighters and non-profits who want to host screenings in their home town.

How you can take action

Inspired to take action?

Sign our petition to Congress asking them to give toxic chemicals the boot!

We’re expanding our reach all across the country, but we need more help. People like you are the key to our success. We need an army of concerned citizens to counter the weight of the chemical industry’s deep pockets.

Join the movement today!

Resources for products free of toxic flame retardants
Highlights of press clips from Give Toxics the Boot launch

Huffington PostFire fighters sound alarm on toxic chemicals

Vermont Public Radio – Businesses target toxic chemical legislation 

Washington (Spokane) – Fire fighters join campaign about health effects of toxic chemicals

Spokane, Washington – State legislators speak in support of toxic chemical regulation

Columbus, Ohio – Common furniture additive may be tied to cancer in fire fighters  

Columbus, Ohio- Documentary Exposes Dangers Of Flame Retardant Chemicals In Household Products

Pittsburgh, PA- Pittsburgh Firefighters Ask PA Lawmakers To Ban Chemicals In Flame-Retardant Furniture

Portland, Maine – Fire fighters call for stronger restrictions on toxins in everyday products

Albany, New York – Fire fighters want to extinguish toxic flame retardant

San Francisco, CA – New bill would close loop hole on fire-retardant standard 

St. Paul, MN- Firefighters Call For Regulations On Harmful Chemicals