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What Are PFAs And Why Are They Harmful?

Did you know that your everyday household items contain thousands of different chemicals, some of which can cause cancer? PFAs (poly and perfluoroalkyl substances) are present in almost everything around us, from fast food wrappers and water bottles to fire suppressants and cooking pans. 

According to a study published by the Environmental Working Group, PFAs are also present in tap water. 

If this sounds surprising to you, read on to learn more from the chemical experts at H&H Chemical.

What are PFAs?

The commercial sector started using PFAs sometime around the 1940s. This substance is created by joining fluorine and carbon; fluorine is considered one of the toughest bonds in organic chemistry. Its sturdiness is why so many manufacturers use PFAs to make household items resistant to stains, heat, and moisture.

The two most commonly used PFAs–PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PFOS (perfluorooctanesulfonic acid)–are also known as the “Forever Chemicals” due to their long half-lives. 

The Adverse Effects of PFAs

Researchers have found that, when exposed to PFAs, people can experience:

  • Higher cholesterol levels
  • Immune system issues
  • Misbalance in the body’s natural hormones
  • Higher risk of certain cancers

In 2016, a Harvard scientist disclosed that according to her research team, at least 6 million Americans were drinking water highly contaminated with PFAs. 

A CDC report released in 2018 showed a direct link between PFAs chemicals and diseases like liver damage, cancer, thyroid, and birth defects.

What’s the Solution?

clean agent fire suppression systemAs mentioned earlier, PFAs are present in a lot of products, including clothing items and furniture. It is also present in traditional fire suppressant systems, like fire extinguishers. Exposure to PFAs emitted from these fire suppressors can be fatal for human beings as well as animals. This is why even the first responders recommend using clean agent fire suppression systems instead of traditional suppressants.

Clean agent systems like FlameOut Fire Suppressor don’t contain any PFAs or other harmful chemicals. These modern systems are foam-based and much more effective in suppressing fires as well.

FlameOut is an innovative approach to suppressing fires – it is reliable, safe, and will help protect your furnishings and electronics while providing maximum protection against fire. This high-tech fire suppressor targets only the areas where it is needed and is an ideal solution for many business applications.

The team at H&H Chemicals is professionally trained and certified to accurately place FlameOut Fire Suppressant in a way that ensures the safety of your workplace while limiting the risk to staff and sensitive equipment. 

So, if you’re looking for a fire suppression system that:

  • Works extremely quickly in extinguishing a fire
  • Minimizes the amount of damaging soot and smoke
  • Minimizes the damage to electronics
  • Provides optimal protection to your employees
  • Keeps the environment safe

Then FlameOut is the only fire suppressant system you’ll need.

Get the Only “Mean and Green” Fire Suppression System at H&H Chemical

FlameOut Fire Suppressor is an exceptionally effective fire suppressant for use on Class A and B fires. It “wets” water, increasing cooling & penetration and making water up to 7 times more effective. Our “mean and green” fire suppression system is tough on fires yet safe for the environment and user alike.

Stop putting yourself at risk and stop fires better than ever before with your very own batch of FlameOut fire suppressant. To order now, visit us at hhchemical.co or order directly online.