Layer of Protection

By: Brianne Carter
By: Brianne Carter

House fires are preventable, but we still see them pretty often in the Valley - especially in the Winter.

Now companies across the nation are working to keep those fire from ever sparking up.

Firefree 88 is a new product proven to have a fire barrier to a wide variety of materials such as sheet rock, wood and even concrete...And the extra time it could provide could be the difference between life and death.

"There's always going to be the chance or risk of fire this is just the furthering of technology," says Staunton Fire Captain, Jason Ball.

FF-88 the first paint coating that is proven to be fire resistant and fire retardant.

"The main backing of the product is to protect the property some of the products show it will withstand up to two thousand degrees for up to two hours.
The coating acts as a barrier, a charring agent so whatever its protecting, its not going to allow it to burn near ask quick," says Ball.

This allows more time for families to get out or for firefighters to get in.

Even though it is not yet available in home stores, this extra protection comes at a cost, this coating is more than double the price of a regular gallon of paint.

Ball adds, "The normal single family dwelling, we're not seeing it right now due to the cost but yes a couple hundred dollars could save thousands down the road."

But there is always the less expensive proven way to ensure your families safety when it comes to fire.

"We encourage everyone to have smoke detectors, the city and county as well have a program in place anyone who does not have a smoke detector feel free to stop by and get one," Ball says.

The product is non-toxic and though it is not in stores locally it is available on the internet.

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