In this section of our blog, we’ll discuss using fire retardants for schools – We’ll also discuss fireproofing techniques and materials that can help you safeguard your facility, employees and your students from any accidents involving flammable materials.
Fires in schools can be extremely devastating. There are more than 4,000 fires at schools each and every year, according to a study by FEMA. And while fatalities are rare in these fires – partially owing to regular fire drills and fast responses from fire departments – they still cause 75 injuries per year, and more than $66 million in avoidable property loss, which is why school fire prevention in necessary.
The most common causes of school fires were cooking (42%), intentional action (24%), and heating (10%). In many cases (75%) the fire was confined to the place of origin – and didn’t spread throughout the rest of the school.
Keeping flammable objects safe, therefore, is incredibly important for the prevention of school fires, and to mitigate any potentially damaging effects.
That’s why fire retardant spray is such an important product for modern schools. By using fire retardant spray, vulnerable items and surfaces can be treated to resist the source of a flame or fire, making it less likely that the fire will spread throughout the building. Let’s take a deeper look at fire retardant spray now.
What Is Fire Retardant Spray?
A fire retardant spray is a specialized surface coating that uses a unique chemical composition to reduce the susceptibility of a surface to catching flame. Usually, fire retardant sprays can be used on just about any surface, including textiles, wood, and even synthetic materials, to reduce the risk of fire.
Fire retardant spray works by increasing the temperature at which a specific type of material would catch flame. While it can’t prevent an intense fire from spreading altogether, it can increase the strength and reduce the flammability of many materials commonly found in schools.
In turn, this decreases the risk of the fire spreading beyond the point of origin, and also keeps teachers, students, and faculty safe by giving them more time to evacuate the area, and have firefighters respond.
How Should Fire Retardant Spray Be Used?
Fire retardant spray can be used on almost any material. However, it’s best to use fire retardant spray on items that are highly flammable, such as:
- Curtains and draperies (especially ones near heaters or radiators)
- Textile furnishings
- Classroom decorations made of flammable materials (paper, felt, cloth)
- School stage curtains
As a rule, these are the best areas to use fire retardant spray. However, it can also be used to treat wood, and a number of other materials.
Focus on using spray on materials in bathrooms, locker rooms, and kitchens – most fires tend to occur in bathrooms when set intentionally, or due to improper cooking in school facilities.
Focus On Fire Prevention – And Keep Kids Safe – With Flamex PF Fire Retardant
Flamex PF Fire Retardant Spray is lab-tested to be safe and non-toxic, so it’s perfect for schools, and it does not stain or change the color of fabric, based on NFPA-701 testing results.
With a simple application process, affordable price point, and product sizes ranging from a spray bottle to a 55-gallon drum, this product is ideal for any school looking to take further steps toward fire prevention, and keep students safe!