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Firetool Portable Fire Extinguishers

A Firetool Portable Fire extinguisher is the ideal fire exintguisher to protect your Home, Office, Caravan or Workplace from the danger of fire. The revolutionary design is small, light and easy to use. Firetool works with all types of fire including liquid fires, gas fires and electrical fires and is maintenance free for 5 years. Firetool is environmentally friendly, toxic free and fully tested and certified. Dont just take our word for it, independent tests carried out by the West Midlands Fire service found Firetool portable extinguishers to be outstanding. Take a look at the full range including the Firetool JE-50, JE-100 and JE-150, all models are available to order online now.

Frequently Asked Questions

YOU'LL ALREADY HAVE THE SOLUTION TO HAND.

WHAT IS AN AEROSOL GENERATOR?

An aerosol generator is a self contained extinguishing unit that contains an aerosol forming compound which, during a controlled combustion process within the generator, produces an ultra-fine aerosol extinguishing agent that is significantly more effective that current available alternatives. The unites are constructed of stainless steel components, are listed for both area and volumetric coverage and required no piping, nozzles, or other distribution equipment. In effect, the generator acts as its own storage, production and delivery device.

IS IT SAFE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?

Yes. Firetool has no global warming potential and no ozone depletion potential.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

A highly stable solid charge of the aerosol forming composition is contained within the sealed generator. Upon activation of the initiator, the charge begins a controlled burn producing an ultra-fine aerosol, which is ten times as effective as any agent currently on the market. The effective aerosol passes through a series of oxidation and cooling filters, where the temperature of the aerosol is rapidly reduced before it escapes through the discharge ports of the generator at low pressure. Generator placement within the hazard area provides proper flow and distribution of the highly effective aerosol within the protected volume.

ARE THE AEROSOL GENERATORS RE-CHARGEABLE AFTER DISCHARGE?

No. The units are designed for single use only. After discharge turnaround time is minimized as re-connection of a new generator is quickly and easily accomplished.

HOW DOES IT EXTINGUISH FIRES?

Unlike other agents that work by reducing oxygen levels or by cooling, the aerosol extinguishes by chemical interaction with the free radicals that fuel the growth of the fire — in the same manner as halon did. The aerosol stream contains ultra-fine (1-2 micron) particles of potassium compounds that provide a large surface area interaction with the fire. In the fire zone the free potassium radicals bind with the free radicals of the fire (O, OH, H) to rapidly slow and extinguish the fire.

HOW EFFECTIVE IS IT?

Firetool is extremely effective. Tests on class B fires have shown it to be 5 times more effective than halon and 10+ times more effective than other currently available halon alternatives. This dramatically reduces weight and space requirements.

DOES IT REDUCE THE OXYGEN LEVEL?

No, oxygen levels are not affected.

WHERE CAN IT BE USED?

Firetool is an aerosol and shares many of the flow characteristics of a gas. It is suitable for use in un-occupied and normally un-occupied enclosed volumes and has the added advantages of extended hold times and less susceptibility to leakage. In addition, Unlike HFC's, which can break down and produce deleterious compounds such as hydrofluoric acid when exposed to elevated temperatures, J&R does not break down when exposed to a fire.

IS IT SAFE FOR SENSITIVE EQUIPMENT?

Firetool aerosol has been tested on a wide range of materials including structural, aviation composites, and materials commonly used in electronics, and circuit boards. In all cases it has been shown that the Firetool has no deleterious effect on the operating capability of equipment. Due to the ultra-fine particle size and the method of generation, the particulate is quite buoyant and suspends in the gas/air mixture within the protected enclosure. Because of this "buoyant" effect the aerosol does not begin to "settle" for an extended period and, therefore, is extremely easy to vent from the protected area. Only very minor amounts of particulate may be deposited on equipment and, generally, there is no need to do anything beyond extraction of the air within the protected volume through a fan or air handling system — followed by a blow down with compressed air. Any particulate deposited on horizontal surfaces will be ≤ 2µm and will not form a continuous layer. Large gaps will exist between particles — leaving no potential for electrical conductivity issues to develop. As a precautionary measure, however, it is always good practice to inspect and clean the site thoroughly following a discharge. While the aerosol itself is quite "clean", environmental factors are also a consideration. The unknown, and potentially harmful, by-products of an actual fire pose the biggest risk to sensitive electronic equipment. Because unknown products from the fire itself may be present, it is always recommended that equipment be blown down with air or vacuumed following a discharge to insure that no unwanted by-products from the fire itself are present.

IS IT SAFE FOR PERSONNEL?

The aerosol, itself, consists of solid and gas combustion products. The solid phase is composed of highly dispersed particles that present insignificant health hazards for humans at normal design concentrations. The gas phase may contain very small amounts of carbon monoxide CO, carbon dioxide CO2, nitrogen oxides NOx, and ammonia NH3. Production of these gases is minimal in the case the Firetool due to its patented construction, chemical formulation, and its manufacture in the United States using only technical and reagent grade chemicals. In tests conducted by a certified, accredited testing facility in the United States, JE generators were shown to produce gas levels several orders of magnitude less than the standard allowed for automobile airbag systems for passenger vehicles. While the components of the aerosol are not considered toxic at normal concentration levels, ingestion of the ultra-fine particulate may cause short-term discomfort and unnecessary exposure should be avoided. Exposure to the aerosol is generally of less concern than is exposure to the decomposition products of a fire. Accidental exposures under ten minutes are normally considered safe. There is a high obscuration factor with the aerosol and a 30 second time delay and system lock out switch should be used whenever personnel may be present in the protected space.

IS IT A CLEAN AGENT?

The term "clean agent" has traditionally referred to gases. The term itself is inaccurate as all agents may pose post discharge issues. The Firetool does contain ultra-fine suspended particulate which is very buoyant and hangs in suspension for extended periods. Because of this, settling is minimal and removal of the aerosol can be accomplished easily by venting. While the aerosol itself is quite "clean", environmental factors are also a consideration. The unknown, and potentially harmful, by-products of an actual fire pose the biggest risk to sensitive equipment. Because unknown products from the fire itself may be present or because of unwanted environmental conditions, it is always recommended that the area is thoroughly cleaned to insure that no unwanted products are present. For example, on site maintenance and housekeeping may have been lax allowing accumulation of dirt in the enclosure. During discharge, any dirt within the enclosure will be blown around and then deposited as unwanted residue throughout the area. Also, in rare cases, unit orientation may have been altered improperly or equipment may have been re-oriented within the protected enclosure resulting in an improper discharge directly onto a wall or equipment surface. This could result in the deposit of small, localized areas of highly concentrated agglomerated particulate on that surface. If left untended, an agglomerated mass may take on moisture and may cause non-progressive surface discoloration (copper, bronze) of unprotected metal surfaces. It is therefore, important that any agglomerated particulate be cleaned up with a water/alcohol solution no later than 24 hours following a discharge.

The service life of Firetool JE range is 5 years.

WHAT ARE TYPICAL APPLICATIONS?

Transport
Food Industry
Server Rooms
Agricultural
Plant and Hire
Warehousing
Camping and Caravan
Homes and housing associations

DOES IT EXPLODE LIKE A GRENADE?

No, the unit remains fully intact and sends out an aerosol stream in a circular discharge pattern around the base of the unit. Discharge time is around 20 seconds.

DOES IT DEPLETE THE OXYGEN IN THE ROOM?

No, there is no oxygen depletion or reduction. The First Responder stops fire by interfering with the chemistry underlying fire not by changing the atmosphere.

WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMEONE IS TRAPPED IN THE ROOM?

The aerosol will be the least of their problems. While the aerosol may cause minor mucous membrane irritation at high concentrations (over 100g/m3) or if there is long exposure, the combustion products and heat of a fire can be, and often are, deadly. In a real world fire scenario the by-products and composition of the aerosol are insignificant relative to those of a fire. At a 100g/m3 density the gas products of the aerosol are many orders of magnitude less than that allowed for automobile airbag systems. However, the First Responder should not be thrown close to the victim as it emits a hot cloud of aerosol close to the unit.

IS THE UNIT PRESSURIZED?

The unit is NOT pressurized prior to activation. When activated, a controlled burning reaction of the solid aerosol forming compound inside the First Responder converts the solid to an aerosol composed of 40% carrier gases (primarily nitrogen and small amounts of water vapor) and 60% ultra-fine particulate. The unit operates at relatively low pressure.

HOW LONG IS THE AEROSOL EFFECTIVE FOR?

The aerosol has a long hang time providing extended protection up to an hour in a truly sealed, confined space with no airflow. However, in real world deployments the aerosol will typically escape through doors, windows, or other openings. But as long as the aerosol cloud is present, it will be continue to provide suppression.

 

 

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