What Can Fire Retardant be Used on?
Fires can be devastating to anything that crosses its path, and also to those who’s belongings become perished. This is where fire retardants can come in. From personal to businesses, fires can ruin lives, so using a fire retardant can be really important to protecting your belongings and assets. In this blog we will discuss what it is, and how it can be used to protect your belongings from any unhappy accidents.
What is Fire Retardant?
Not to be confused with flame retardant, fire retardant is a substance that rapidly slows or prevents fire from spreading, minimising the damage it could cause. Amazingly, this is achieved by chemical reactions that reduce the flammability of the materials or delay their combustion.
Depending on what you need to protect from fire damage, fire retardant can be used on an abundance of various surfaces, which is great news if you have a variety of different things to protect.
They are also available in a variety of different forms such as foams, powders, and even gels, which means there is something to suit everyone’s needs.
Why Should you Use Fire Retardant?
First of all, an important thing to remember is that fire retardants are not be confused with flame retardants.
Using fire retardants on materials enables the materials to burn slowly or self-extinguish to prevent a fire.
They also help reduce the heat build-up, preventing rapid fire development in timber and timber related materials such as, softwood, hardwood, hardboard, chipboard and MDF.
What Fire Retardant is Suitable for Me?
Depending on what you want to use fire retardant on will depend on the type of fire retardant you would opt for.
ACS FCO can be used on a wide variety of structures and surfaces including floors, structural timbers, timber framing, panelling, decking, fencing, sheds, summerhouses, scaffold boards and cladding (both interior and exterior).
For softer materials such as upholstery, or fabric, a powder fire retardant mixed with water may be the best option. Or for items like Christmas trees, you can pour this mixture into a bottle and create a fire-retardant spray, which may be the most effective and convenient method of distributing the product.
Do Fire Retardants Come with any Health Warnings?
Older fire retardants used to be very dangerous. If humans or animals were exposed to large amounts of flame-retardant chemicals, it could have been detrimental to health.
However, a lot of those chemicals have now been banned, and in this modern day, fire retardants are very safe to use, and carry minimal health risks!
Here at ACS we have a fire-retardant paint that can be used on such a wide variety of structures and surfaces to protect your belongings. Have a browse through all our other products for protecting your home.