DuPont Offers Preferred Alternative as Industry Prepares for 2008 Halon Ban
DuPont Fire Extinguishants will exhibit its extensive portfolio of DuPont™ FE clean agent fire extinguishants at the 19th annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show, the world's largest racing trade show, which will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 14-16, 2006. Fire Safety is expected to be a hot topic at PRI this year, as the industry seeks alternatives to Halon that are safer for drivers, and safer for the environment.
According to the SFI Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization established to issue and administer standards for specialty/performance automotive and racing equipment, all certified Halon systems currently in use will expire on Dec. 31, 2007, regardless of the system's manufacture or recertification date. This is in response to regulations set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Concerns about Halons include their ozone-depleting potential, as well as the human health effects (toxicity) when discharged in enclosed areas.
"DuPont™ FE-36™ is becoming the leading hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) alternative to Halon 1211 to protect driver compartments, and to Halon 1301 in engine compartments because it is extremely effective, safer for people and safer for the environment," said Greg M. Rubin, global business manager, Fluorochemical Specialties. "DuPont has a strong and lasting commitment to excellence in fire safety, and we’re pleased to be exhibiting our portfolio of clean agent fire extinguishants at PRI."
DuPont™ FE-36™ was named in the 2005 NASCAR® NEXTEL Cup™ Series rules detailing requirements for drivers' personal safety equipment. Beginning in 2008, NASCAR® specifications will require a total ban on Halon and specify either DuPont™ FE-36™ or other alternative fire protection systems that pass its SFI 17.1 testing requirement.
FE-36™ has several unique advantages that combine to provide superior fire protection for drivers and their vehicles. First, FE-36™ is ideally suited for use in portable fire extinguishers where high value automotive equipment cannot be exposed to water or dry powder extinguishing options. Additionally, its performance and efficiency capabilities are comparable to those of Halon 1211; however, FE-36™ has lower toxicity, no ozone depletion potential, is free of residue and is non-corrosive. As a result, it is ideal for use in relatively small enclosures and can be safely used where people are present.
In addition to DuPont™ FE-36™, the following DuPont™ FE products are also being used to protect garages, car carriers and pit equipment:
- DuPont™ FE-227™ – ideal for new applications and the leading chemical agent replacement for Halon. Designed to flood an enclosure, FE-227™ should be used where agents such as water, dry chemical, and carbon dioxide are unacceptable because they cause damage to electronic equipment or present a safety risk to people.
- DuPont™ FE-13™ – the safest for protecting areas where people are present. FE-13™ is effectively used in normally occupied areas such as electrical control rooms, flammable liquid processing areas and mobile communication facilities.
- DuPont™ FE-25™ – often recommended for use in museums, libraries and historical sites. In existing systems, FE-25™ replaces Halon 1301 with minimal modifications, making it the most cost effective fire extinguishant.
DuPont™ FE clean agent fire extinguishants can be used in new applications or replace Halon in existing systems with minimal system modifications. For more information about DuPont Fire Extinguishants, visit www.cleanagents.dupont.com.
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