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Cold Fire Special Attributes

After Cold Fire is applied to a structure it remains wet for forty-five minutes. There is limited field experience indicating that once dry there may be extended protection. Further testing will determine these parameters. Gels can dry in a few hours and become ineffective unless rehydrated.

  • Cold Fire can be used in any type of water whereas other products may encounter problems in their use with say, “hard” water.
  • Unlike Gels that form a very slippery film on horizontal platforms, steps, etc., and can be “tracked” into a residence, Cold Fire after application is essentially unnoticeable.
  • Unlike some products Cold Fire will not damage structural paint surfaces or roofing materials, is not an eye or skin irritant and will not clog valves, eductors or diminish the range of the hose-nozzle spray pattern.
  • Cold Fire has been tested successively under the purview of MTDC (Missoula, Montana) for surface and intergranular corrosion of aluminum. This feature is important to the determination of using this product for aerial applications.
  • The policy of the Forest Service to allow “let burn” is important to restoration of our forests. Cold Fire properly applied can provide the necessary adjustment of fire movement and control burn patterns to support this policy.
  • Arson is a major cause of fires. It has been determined that Cold Fire will not influence the investigative scene of suspected arson. Unlike other fire fighting materials in which the chemicals may mask the evidence scene it has been noted that the olfactory factors of animals normally used in the investigation are not affected by the use of Cold Fire.
  • The primary role of Gels is to only offer structure protection. Cold Fire goes beyond that as it can be used not only for structure protection but serve as a primary fire-fighting agent. In addition this single product provides the capability to handle class A, B and D fire support at the scene.
  • Cold Fire as tested at MTDC can be stored indefinitely and passed the freeze/thaw cycle without detriment to the product performance. Many products must be stored in protective environments to prevent a freeze situation or excessive heat and/or moisture exposure.
  • In terms of economics Cold Fire will prove to be the better solution.

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