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Fire is one of the most deadly and damaging foes builders, homeowners, and business owners face. It’s a force that can reduce a building to nothing in a matter of minutes. The best way to face the threat of a fire is through fire mitigation. Fire mitigation is the removal of fuels from the building. To know what to remove and how best to mitigate a potential fire, you first need to know how fires burn.

 

Every fire requires three things: heat, fuel, and oxygen. The heat for a fire is the ignition source. In a home or building this can be anything from candles and heaters to improperly installed wiring. During the building process the wiring is often inspected. The wiring inspector is looking to ensure the wiring has been installed properly and there’s minimal fire risk as a result. Some states require three different inspections throughout the course of the build. The first is when the wiring is being roughed in and before any insulation or drywall has been hung. The second occurs when the service entrance has been wired to ensure it will be able to maintain the draw of the house. The final inspection is conducted when the project has been completed. It’s important that these steps are taken to ensure the wiring doesn’t become a heat or ignition source for a potential fire.

 

The fuel for a fire includes anything in the building that can burn and turn into a heat source. This includes wood, drywall, fabric, and just about every other building material used. Fire mitigation for the fuel source can be difficult as there are only so many materials available for the construction of a building. For that reason, other fire mitigation techniques are needed to ensure the fuel doesn’t burn too quickly.

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Making sure that loose fabrics, such as curtains or linens, are kept away from heat sources will reduce the likelihood of a fire. Another way to perform fire mitigation is by using a fire prevention product during the construction of the building. This can include utilizing fireboard or a fire prevention solution that is similar to paint. These products surround the materials of the building, slowing down the progression of the fire because it takes longer for the fire to get to the fuel. While the fuel can’t be completely removed, steps can be put into place to protect the fuel.

 

Finally, oxygen is needed for a fire to burn. The more oxygen available to the flames, the hotter the fire will burn. Currently, fire mitigation techniques for the oxygen portion of the fire equation are scarce, leaving only fire extinguishing techniques. It’s important to smother the fire as quickly as possible by removing the oxygen source. This is often accomplished with water, sand, fire blankets, or fire extinguishing foams. It’s imperative to have these items on hand to keep you building safe if your fire mitigation techniques don’t work.

 

Fire mitigation is hard work, but being armed with knowledge and the right tools will make it easier.

 

Apply ShieldAll 6023 – Fire Guard to your building’s surfaces to slow the effects of fire and smoke in your building. As an intumescent coating, ShieldAll 6023 – Fire Guard will form a protective char and expand when it burns, adding precious time for the building’s occupants to potentially evacuate and more time for fire response services to arrive on the scene and potentially mitigate damage.

 

Choose ShieldAll 6023 – Fire Guard, the best solution for strong foundations!