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bulletFire Proof Vs. Fire Resistant
bulletFire Control and the Fire Barrier
bulletThe Need for Fire Retardant Materials

Fireproof Vs. Flame Resistant:

We should all understand what is meant by the terms "fireproofing" and "flame resistant". Cement, steel, bricks and even stone will distort, glassify, or decrepitate, when the temperatures are high enough. The object of flame resisting is to reduce the possibility of an incipient fire or flame from spreading and becoming a conflagration. Fires spread from the flames and heat from burning material, igniting other adjacent flammable materials.

There is no such thing as fireproofing, everything will burn at a high enough temperature. This is quite true, technically speaking. All products on the market today which are intended to retard flame in fabrics, carpets, wood, etc., are intended to set up a thermal barrier to reduce the flame spread, to reduce the after burn and essentially allow some additional time for humans to escape from burning buildings. This is indeed a lofty mission. Unfortunately too many products do not meet required fire codes, and do not accomplish their intended mission.

FireTect's fire retardant intumescent coatings and chemicals provide a protective barrier by reacting to fire by producing a non-combustible gas that prohibits the ignition and spread of fire. FireTect's products are effective at retarding flame spread, reducing toxic fumes and smoke by as much as 90%. Smoke inhalation is the cause of death more often that the actual fire itself.

Different fire ratings and codes?
(read more on this in our FAQ page)

Flame Spread is based on:
ASTM E-84/UL 723/NFPA 255:
 "Test for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials."
Roofing Classes are based on:
ASTM E-108/UL 790,
"Test for Fire Performance of Roofing Materials."
Hourly Ratings are based on
ASTM E-119 "Fire Tests of Building Materials.

 

Fire Control and the Fire Barrier

No part of any building is free from the possibility of fire. Kitchens from ignited cooking containers, bedrooms, dining rooms and living areas from the careless use of smoker's materials, the hazards throughout any building, flammable liquids, as well as gas and electrical appliances. Although most residential fires are initially very small, they also spread quite rapidly into fierce conflagrations by igniting adjacent textile fabrics on furnishings, and especially on drapes. Many fires also spread rapidly as a result of a build up of heat, which can cause a surface flash across the pile surfaces of carpets and textile wall coverings.

The most important single deterrent to the problem of small fires spreading into large conflagrations in residences and commercial buildings is to have all exposed surfaces of furnishings and other fibrous flammable materials treated so that they are flame resistant.

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The Need for Flame Retardant Materials

.......Everyday, in the United States, fires damage or destroy an average of 1,700 homes, 300 apartment buildings, 61 schools, 69 restaurants and 135 industrial plants. Fires exact a terrible toll in dreadful disfigurement or deaths, as well as the loss of treasured possessions. The cost of repair, plus the loss of income in hotels, restaurants, industrial plants, etc. is staggering. On an annual basis, fires will:

bulletClaim over 12,000 lives in the United States.
bulletInjure over 300,000 Americans, of which approximately 50,000 will be confined in hospitals for 6 weeks to 2 years.
bulletDestroy 12 billion dollars worth of property.


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