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NOVATO, CA, November 1, 2023 – Firefree 88, First FM Approved Coating to Improve Wood Roof Deck Assembly from Class 2 to Class 1.
Recently, FM Approvals www.fmapprovals.com tested and certified Firefree 88, water based latex intumescent coating manufactured by Firefree Coatings Inc, as the first and only intumescent coating to pass the FM 4470 (NFPA 276) Roof Assemblies for Use in Class 1 and Non Combustible Roof Deck Construction Assemblies.
Prior to this, all FM Approved Coatings were limited to steel roof decks.
Firefree 88 first approval was in 2004, when it was tested in accordance to FM 4975 and part 1 of FM 4880. Firefree 88 is an intumescent coating that can be applied to a variety of materials that prevents flame spread and reduces smoke developed generation to the coated substrates. Tests results have shown that Firefree 88 is able to withstand temperatures up to 2200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Firefree 88 is non-toxic, eco-friendly and applies as easily as paint. Because of its ease of application and minimal inconvenience to occupants, Firefree 88 is a very cost-effective and time savings solution versus solutions that may increase the load on a structure, often resulting in a conservative 50% to 70% savings (traditional methods can also add extensive disruption to occupants).
Firefree 88 can be applied over most existing latex paint or it can be top coated with latex paint, which will not impact the performance of the coating.
About The Manufacturer
Firefree Coatings, Inc, Inc., a California based corporation, was established in 1994. The company identified the need for an improved, durable, inexpensive, non-toxic fire protection coating; As a result, Firefree 88 was first launched in 2000. Based on the success of Firefree 88 first full scale test per ASTM E119, the coating was accepted by various safety and building code regulators allowing the use in residential, commercial, industrial, and other sectors of the construction industry. The company has performed and continues to conduct extensive fire tests to meet the increasing demand for fire safety utilizing the standards established by the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM). Firefree Coatings, Inc, Inc., has built a strong network of representatives and distributors throughout the US and abroad.
Everyone should understand the importance of fire safety. One way to enhance your knowledge is to explore what the fire triangle is and why it is important. Keep reading to learn more about the fire triangle and its significance in daily life.
What Is the Fire Triangle?
The fire triangle represents the three components needed to initiate and sustain a fire: fuel, heat, and oxygen. These elements must be present in the right proportions for a fire to occur. A safety diagram of the fire triangle can help people understand the conditions that lead to blazes. The interplay between fuel, heat, and oxygen influences the intensity and duration of a fire. Understanding the dynamics of the fire triangle is essential for safety and prevention strategies in your personal and professional life.
Examples of Each Element
Fuel refers to any combustible material that can burn, such as wood, paper, fabric, gasoline, or propane. Heat is the energy needed to increase the temperature of the fuel to its ignition point. Oxygen is the element that sustains a fire to continue a chemical reaction, producing heat and flames in the process. If you remove any of these elements, the fire will die out. For instance, by smothering the blaze with a fire blanket, you cut off the oxygen supply, causing it to extinguish.
Understanding the Fire Triangle
The fire triangle diagram presents accessible information about how fires start. Understanding the fire triangle is essential in fire prevention and safety. Knowing how these elements work together can help people prevent or manage flames in various situations, such as at home, in the workplace, or during outdoor activities.
Understanding the fire triangle can help you put grease fires in the kitchen by ensuring no one burns cooking oil and that the room is well-ventilated.
Knowledge of the fire triangle also helps us understand how fire protection materials, like intumescent paints, work. When intumescent coatings char and expand, they prevent flames from accessing combustible materials (fuel) to spread. This is how exterior intumescent paints can help us stop wildfires and building fires.
Now that you understand the fire triangle and why it is important, remember these concepts in your everyday life. By implementing safety measures, such as applying protective coatings to your construction materials, you can protect your community and work site. If you are interested in learning more about the science behind intumescent coatings or the fire triangle, contact our experts at Firefree Inc. today!
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