Fire retardant chemicals help prevent or delay combustion and are generally used in both commercial and consumer products. A material that is fire resistant should have a certain degree of flammability standard and protection. Some fire retardant materials may contain chlorine or bromine and phosphorous which is bonded to carbon. In the U.S., major uses for these chemicals include building insulation, furniture, electronics, wires and cables, and polyurethane foams.
Concerns with Fire-Retardant Chemicals
Many concerns have been raised over the safety of the production and usage of fire retardant materials. Most of these concerns are associated with environmental and health issues. There are also some concerns regarding safety and if these materials have been adequately tested. Fire retardant chemicals contain Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), organohaloge, and organophosphorous which are considered as Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). According to some researchers, these chemicals may present significant hazards to the environment as well as to human health.
Considerations When Looking for Fire-Retardant Chemicals and Materials
Boosting your passive fire protection at home or in your commercial property will necessitate the use of fire-retardant paints. However, you want to be confident that you are dealing with a safe material and one that can self-extinguish. Here are some factors you need to consider when choosing a fire-retardant material.
- Regulatory Compliance – Fire-retardant materials must comply with all relevant fire-retardant regulations.
- Durability – There are some factors that can impact the lifespan and durability of fire protection or fire-retardant materials, these include: Chemical composition and construction. What makes up the fire-retardant material? What is the durability or resistance level of the material to heat or flame?
- Risk Assessment – When using fire-retardant materials, make sure that you assess the risks involved and any potential danger that could arise from using these materials.
- When selecting flame-resistant materials for regular use, it is best to look for a material that has fire-resistant properties already infused into its structure. On the other hand, when selecting inherently flame-resistant material, it is wise to consider how it tested when subjected to the limited oxygen index (measures ease fire extinguishment) before considering cost savings.
Ensure that your selection of products for passive fire protection is a seamless one. Contact Permax for assistance in choosing the right fire-retardant paint for your structure.
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