Environmentally Safer and More Effective Way to Fight Fires

Fire retardants currently exist and may be used in fighting wild fires.

Water-based mixtures often contain ammonium phosphate salts and other additives, which are typically dropped on wood fuel in advance of a fire. The salts promote charring of wood materials, so the mixture continues to provide fire retardancy after the water has evaporated. The distinctive bright red coloring is an added dye that makes it easier for responders to keep track of treated areas.

While they are generally not considered harmful to humans, these wildland fire fighting products can cause unintended harm to ecosystems if they are not used carefully. Components of these mixtures can be toxic to aquatic life (for example, if they are accidentally dropped into streams or bodies of water). If sprayed on mountain streams, the retardant dissolves and releases ammonia, which is toxic to fish. Ammonia, the Forest Service says, is the most toxic ingredient in long-term fire retardants. A release of hundreds or thousands of gallons of fire retardant can wipe out fish life for miles along a stream, according to the Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics (FSEEE).

For this reason, the US Forest Service has a policy of not dropping retardant within 300 or more feet of waterways.
Ascension Technologies, FireShield™, is a non-toxic environmentally safe fire retardant and carries an NSF/60 certification rating making our product safe to use around drinking water.

Wood or other combustible materials treated with FireShield™ will not combust when coming in contact with fire. Once the materials have been treated, wet or dry, the treated materials will not combust and once FireShield™ breaks down and decomposes it leaves no harmful byproducts behind to endanger the environment is was used in.

As viewed in the video presented here, the treated match and wood stick do not burn while the untreated wood stick and match do.

Recommended Uses:

• Safe and perfectly suited for forested, brush and grassy areas.

• Safe in areas where wildlife and aquatic life are abundant and susceptible to phosphates are retardants that produce ammonia.

• Safe in areas where human traffic is prevalent.

• May help to reduce the temperatures of forest floor to slow progression of fires.

Benefits:

Non Toxic
• Non hazardous to Plants and Animals
• Non hazardous to Aquatic life
• NSF/60 Certification
• Prevents fuel from Igniting wet or dry
• No Chlorine’s, PBDE’s or Phosphates
• Does not produce Ammonia in water
• No Fumes or Odors

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Frequently asked questions

FireShield™ comes from a family of products known as PetroLuxus™ and were developed over the past fifteen years of study and trials. The products are proprietary in nature and were originally developed to liberate hydrocarbons from a variety of materials and media. All PetroLuxus™ products share basic and inherent characteristics to act with hydrocarbons and other materials on a molecular level and cause them to lose their attraction to each other. All PetroLuxus™ products also have previously carried an NSF/60 certification rating making our product safe to use around drinking water, wildlife, aquatic life and plants.

FireShield™ is a fire retardant solution engineered to inhibit the ability of combustible materials to ignite from various heat sources. Once the materials have been treated, wet or dry, the treated materials will not combust or ignite when introduced to an ignition source.

FireShield™ is a highly concentrated product with an elevated pH. FireShield™ is a non-toxic environmentally safe product that is odorless. Once FireShield™ breaks down and decomposes it will leave no harmful byproducts behind to endanger the environment.

Yes, FireShield™ is an inorganic compound and thus contains no organic compounds, toxic metals, or their salts. The environmental fate of FireShield™ is silica, the same material as found in beach sand. The chemistries of FireShield™ pose no threat of persistence in the environment, no bio-accumulation, nor toxicity when used at the recommended concentrations.

FireShield™ was designed to be an oxygen scavenger thus not allowing any oxygen to associate with the matter that it has come in contact with. This oxygen scavenging attribute along with its inorganic chemical makeup make for a perfect combination to fight forest fires using current methods of distribution by air drops. Current forest fire retardants are water-based mixtures and often contain ammonium, phosphate salts and other additives, which are typically dropped on wood fuel in advance of a fire. The salts promote charring of wood materials, so the mixture continues to provide fire retardancy after the water has evaporated. The distinctive bright red coloring is an added dye that makes it easier for responders to keep track of treated areas.

While they are generally not considered harmful to humans, these wildland fire fighting products can cause unintended harm to ecosystems if they are not used carefully. Components of these mixtures can be toxic to aquatic life (for example, if they are accidentally dropped into streams or bodies of water). If sprayed on mountain streams, the retardant dissolves and releases ammonia, which is toxic to fish. Ammonia, the Forest Service says, is the most toxic ingredient in long-term fire retardants. A release of hundreds or thousands of gallons of fire retardant can wipe out fish life for miles along a stream, according to the Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics (FSEEE).

NO! Biocides work on the mechanism of poisoning bacteria. Biocides such as chlorine work by poisoning the bacteria, although some stronger bacteria species have a survival mechanism whereby they move back into their protein protective shell. This allows the bacteria to survive the poisoning.

Environmentally-friendly FireShield™ works on the mechanism of destabilizing the homeostasis – The ability or tendency of an organism or a cell to maintain internal equilibrium by adjusting its physiological processes.
FireShield™ chemistry disrupts the bacteria’s ability thrive through a “coating” mechanism with coats the bacteria and/or the food source for the bacteria. This mechanism does not allow the bacteria to survive or thrive.

FireShield™ can be applied directly to any surface with an ordinary paint brush, garden sprayer or paint sprayer apparatus in dry conditions. For larger fires, FireShield™ can be dropped from planes that are typically used in the fighting of forest and brush fires.

This has not been firmly established yet. For example, one of the earliest wells treated with FireShield™ brand product was for the US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation in Colorado.

You can obtain more FAQ information including product data sheets by going to the download section at the bottom of this page.

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