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History

     Since the early 1800's, chemists have constantly exposed many elements and minerals to fire to determine their effect in an attempt to change the composition of the elements and as a result have stumbled upon new discoveries that interrupted the fire triangle. Scientists have determined that fire requires 4 elements to progress. 1) Oxygen, 2) Fuel, 3) Heat, and 4) The process of combustion (chain reaction); thus the fire triangle was born.

 

 

     By eliminating just one of these elements can stop a fire from progressing. Flame-Stoptm Fire Retardants were developed so that when applied to the fuel ( lumbar, plywood, timbers or any combustible substance), a "charring" effect would occur when exposed to heat from a fire. This "charring" effect is created when the heat from a fire initiates a chemical reaction of the fire retardant. Tiny fire resistant bubbles develop and swell to from an insulating barrier between the fire and the fuel. Inert gases are also released which reduce amount of oxygen available for combustion.

     Fire retardants are defined as "an approved chemical, chemical compound or mixture which, when applied in an approved manner to any fabric or other material, will render such fabric or material incapable of supporting combustion".* Fire retardants are tested based on "flame spread" standards as established by building and organizations such as the "National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Uniform Fire Code (UFC), and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)". Many local governmental organizations are adopting these building codes as their local standard guidelines.

About Fire Retardants*

          If you are a Property Owner, Architect, Builder, Or Contractor…..it is up to you to require and demand these safety features and applications.  Fire Retardants save valuable property, family heirlooms and precious lives at a small cost.

          Four components are necessary for fire: 1) fuel, 2) oxygen, 3) a source of ignition (heat) and 4) a chemical, exothermic reaction. Although only one component need be eliminated to extinguish a fire, Flame-Stop™ Protectant chemicals produce outstanding fire inhibiting results by eliminating two of these components. The purpose of these chemicals and products are to render materials virtually nonflammable. One of the keys is to make a chemical change in the material. When this change occurs, it renders the material non-combustible.

          Flame-Stop™ fire retardants have been in use for over 30 years. When it comes to saving property and lives you need the very best protection you can buy. Flame-Stop™ chemistry was designed to interfere with the fire and ignition process to prevent the massive fire burn-outs you see today. The Flame-Stop™ compounds when applied to lumber, plywood, timbers will automatically react in the presence of heat or flame. The chemistry converts combustible gases and tars to a non-combustible carbon char, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. The increase in carbon char helps to keep the flame or fire from regenerating. The nitrogen produced as a by-product displaces oxygen and smothers the flame. Flame-Stop™ chemical reaction separates the fuel component from the source of ignition.

          When wood surfaces are treated with Flame-Stop™ products, the chemicals will penetrate the wood. The chemical balance is then changed inside and the surface will react to heat and flame. The change that occurs is permanently in place when not exposed to weather or will last 5 years when exposed to weather without paint or other type of covering.   Paper products can also be protected as well as fabrics, foams, veneers, latex-based paints, live cut Christmas trees, and much more. Another important factor is the wood or other materials treated at this point will not ignite or contribute to the fire process. This is known as "retarding the propagation of the fire", which are rated and are given a "flame spread number" by accredited testing agencies. The other outstanding factor is the significant reduction in smoke. These chemicals have been known to cut smoke from 40% - 80%. Smoke inhalation causes more deaths than fire and becomes an important factor.

THE BOTTOM LINE:

THE BEST INSURANCE IS PREVENTION!

          Fire safety is every ones concern, but only you can decide to protect yourself from fire and burn-outs of  your property and other materials. There is no second chance with a fire out of control. Yes, flame retardants do work and they can protect the materials treated. You can expect the very best with Flame-Stop™ Chemicals and Products.

       CALL TODAY, or contact your Contractor, Builder or Architect and let them know you want the maximum fire retardant protection. You can provide a wood structured dwelling with a fire protection that is safe and will help stop complete burn-outs.

Testing

     Standard testing guidelines were developed to provide the ability to compare the results of various substances exposed to fire. The result was the ASTM E-84,"Standard Method of Test for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials". The Flame-Spread and Smoke Development Classification system was developed as the standard. Below is the Flame-Spread Classification.

NFPA Class
 

UFC Class

Flame Spread

Smoke Developed

A

I

0—25

Less than 450

B

II

26-75

Less than 450

C

III

76-200

Less than 450

D

201-500

E

501 and Greater

 

 Testing Standards

        ASTM-84:   Standard Test Method for  Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials

        NFPA 255:  Standard Methods of Test of Surface Burning characteristics of Building Materials.

        NFPA 701:  Standard Methods of Fire Tests for flame Propagation of Textiles and Films

        NFPA 703: Standard for Fire Retardant-Treated Wood and Fire Retardant coatings for Building Materials

        UL 723:      Standard for Test for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials

        FAR 25.853 (FAA): Compartment Interiors

        US Testing Title 4 #LA63494: Standards relating to Ether foam

        Omega Point Lab. #8924-89133: Standards relating to Reed Thatching

 

 

        Flame-Stop fire retardants have been tested and proven to provide a Class A or B (see specific Product Data Sheet) with a single application. Flame-Stop fire retardants are pyrolytic formulations that prevent flame from spreading by developing a self-extinguishing reaction. Flame-Stop fire retardants are mostly penetrants and will actually become part of the substrate and bond to it's molecular structure where most fire retardant paints can and will eventually deteriorate. When applied to interior wood, fire retardants  provide an indefinite life and 5-10 years when applied to an exterior wood. Flame-Stop Fire Retardants are non-toxic, biodegradable, environmentally friendly and has no odor. Flame-Stop fire retardants are economical.

IT IS UP TO YOU TO PROTECT YOUR OWN PROPERTY!

          Whether you are building or remodeling, insist on Flame-Stop Fire Retardants to assure you are receiving the maximum fire protection. Contact your builder, contractor, architect and insist on the best fire retardants.

If you are a builder, contractor or architect, you can provide your clients with the maximum fire protection available today.

 



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