How Does Fire Retardant Paint Work?

Today's modern homes and commercial buildings are particularly susceptible to fires. The large volume of electrical and electronic equipment in today’s buildings, combined with a larger volume of combustible materials, can increase the potential for fire hazards. According to the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an estimated 1.3 million fires were reported in the United States in 2019. These fires caused 3,700 civilian fire deaths, 16,600 civilian injuries, and $14.8 billion in property damage. The data proves just how many lives are affected by fires and it is truly staggering. This is why flame retardants were invented.

When added to different materials, flame retardant paints can help prevent fires from starting or at the very least limit their spread. Fire retardant paints work primarily to provide people with additional time to get out of the building before it is fully engulfed in flames. They also allow for enough time for the firemen to arrive and start putting out the flames. Flame retardants, like a flame retardant paint, provide us with a new, better layer of fire protection. These retardants can be vital to reducing the risks associated with fire. That sounds pretty incredible, right? How does such a thing even work?

In order for a fire to start, three elements must be present. These are oxygen, heat, and fuel. These three elements are a deadly “fire triangle!” They work in conjunction with one another as a treacherous team to inflict the maximum amount of damage possible. It's not all bad news, though. Because a fire needs all three, simply by taking away one of these necessary components, you can greatly reduce the possible damage and destruction. When fire retardant paint is applied to a surface, any surface, the coat reduces or removes the “fuel” aspect of the fire triangle. Contact with fire retardant paint halts fires in its tracks, because it no longer has the three things it needs. The heat emitted from the flames causes the paint to release a fire dampening gas, which in turn prevents the fire from fully developing.

The technology behind flame retardant paints work on a variety of objects found in both commercial and residential settings. This paint can be applied to structural support, such as wood, plywood, steel, and other various metals. It can also be applied to objects like furniture and doors. Don't forget fabrics, like drapes! These can be treated with a flame resistant spray.

The use of flame retardants helps provide people with an extra layer of fire protection against fire. They can increase critical escape time in case of a home or building fire. Flame retardants save lives! The protection you need can be easily and conveniently ordered online. RDR Technologies is your go-to resource to buy these paints. We specialize in fire retardant sprays, paints, and coatings. As you shop, you may have some questions. You can contact us by calling 405-306-3062 or emailing

May 31st 2021 RDR Technologies

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