Should Santa Wear a Flame Retardant Suit?

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Reactions Science Videos | December 11, 2018

Flame-retardant chemicals can slow the spread of fire in homes and garments. But are these compounds naughty or nice? This week on Reactions, we ask whether old Saint Nick might want a flame-retardant suit...or choose to opt out.

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