WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT FLAME RETARDANTS ?
DID YOU KNOW?
There are only 3 known "methods" to stop a fire from being spread.
THE METHODS ARE
EXTINGUISHING and/or COOLING are the most frequently applied methods.
EXTINGUISHING often takes place in gas phase by applying Halogens.
Intumescents are another applied extinguishing method.
Intumescent means a substance which swells as a result of heat exposure,
thus increasing in volume, and decreasing in density.
An intumescent consists of
The choice of suitable chemicals for the intumescent primarily depends
on the host material decomposition residues that shall be caught by the
COOLING is an endothermic process that absorb heat energy.
Water has the lowest known thermal energy potential. That makes water
to a terrific thermal energy cooling agent.
HAZARDOUS OR NOT?
If the immune system of a human may fail to detect the difference between,
say, a hormone substance generated by humans and an alien substance, that
forms a serious health risk.
If an alien substance will stay in a human for more than 30 days that
forms a serious health risk too.
"GREEN" labels on chemicals - doesn't necessary mean toxic-free products.
Many flame retardant suppliers market products as harmless and environmentally
friendly putting a "GREEN" label on the flame retardant products.
WHAT WE KNOW IS.....
Flame retardants based on salts of Formic acid (meta-acid) also
known as formate compounds are primarily used to impregnate wood in order
to prevent fungus and rot to occur by killing all micro-organisms in the
treated material area.
Flame retardants based on ammonium compounds of various kinds
are a risk both regarding human health and the environment. Ammonium compounds
often decompose to form ammonia and sometimes even to form hydrogen cyanide
which are known hazardous substances to inhale.
Flame retardants in the form of organic phosphate esters release
at the digestion a series of hazardous substances for humans and other
Recently, flame retardants of type sulphenamide popped-up as new fire/flame retardant alternative on the business market. However, sulphenamides are a class of organosulphur compound. At decomposition they release gas of sulphur acid, that is considered to be most harmful regarding health and environment. It is absolutely no good alternative at all to use in respect of health and environment.
Flame retardants of type halogens (chemical compounds of fluorine,
chlorine or bromine) are today generally considered to be very harmful
regarding health and the environment. It has led to that several manufacturers
of flame retardants have chosen to compare their flame retardant products
with a great group of halogens in order to appear "GREEN" and in the mirror
of that being environmentally friendly.
DOES IT EXIST ANY NATURAL NON-TOXIC
FLAME RETARDANT? - Yes!
The REDFR-project initiated by FIRA (Furniture Industry Research
Association) in UK supported by TSB (Technical Strategy
Board) in UK tested 27 different flame retardants, all said to
be eco-friendly and completely harmless to humans and other organic livings.
DOES MHE® treated materials meet
the fire safety standards? - Yes!
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