Fire extinguishers have become an important part of our life safety systems, but is it possible that they can be just as harmful?
These fire suppressant systems contain a variety of chemicals like PFAs (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances), carbon dioxide (CO2), potassium bicarbonate (KHCO3), and nitrogen. Exposure to some of these chemicals can cause deadly diseases, including cancer.
Here is a list of chemicals commonly present in fire suppressors that are doing more harm than good:
PFAs are considered integral for the production of most of our everyday items, from food wrappers to cooking pans, and yes, the fire suppression systems too.
If you live near industries where these products are made or near places where PFAs-based fire fighting systems are used, there’s a good chance PFAs are in your water supply as well.
Unfortunately, as widely-used as PFAs are, they are linked with increased cancer risk, a weakened immune system, lower fertility, liver diseases, and growth delays in babies. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone needs to be aware of the danger posed by PFAs.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
What many people don’t realize is this: these systems extinguish fires by displacing the oxygen. When that happens, it can be fatal to personnel. If there is even a small chance that a human being is present on the premises while there is a fire, using CO2-based suppressors must be avoided at all costs. Most of the traditional fire suppressants are CO2 based because it is inexpensive compared to other clean agents. Even today, a lot of industries are still using CO2-heavy fire suppressors.
Halon 1211 (Bromochlorodifluoromethane)
This mouthful of a fluorocarbon was considered the most effective compound against fires until 1994. Simply referred to as Halon, its production ceased a couple of decades ago because scientists found that it was damaging the ozone layer. The industry researchers are still looking for a suitable replacement for Halons.
The Solution - Clean Agent Fire Suppression System
Instead of using fire suppressants chock-full of hazardous chemicals that can damage your health as well as the environment, consider using a clean agent fire suppressor like FlameOut.
Clean agent systems use gaseous chemicals to displace oxygen around a fire, eliminating its ability to combust materials. This means there is no harmful residue left behind after you’ve suppressed the fire.
These systems are also non-toxic. Clean agent fire suppressors use chemicals in concentrations that are safe for people and animals, making them ideal for many applications.
And that’s not all. FlameOut doesn’t deplete the ozone. It uses inert gases in safe amounts, and once they are discharged, the gases return to the environment in their natural state without leaving any harmful effects behind. FlameOut is a fast, safe, and effective agent that can reach extinguishing concentration levels within 10 seconds or less.
The #1 Clean Agent Fire Suppressor on the Market
FlameOut Fire Suppressor from H&H Chemical is a tremendously effective fire suppressing agent for use on Class A and B fires. It “wets” water, increasing cooling & penetration and making water up to seven times more effective. To get your very own FlameOut fire suppressant, order directly online.