Neptune, NJ (PRWEB) April 30, 2012
In 2011, from the spring time to the fall, wildfires in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas resulted in over $1 billion dollars in property damage and caused the deaths of five people.Also in 2011, wildfires that burned over 24,000 acres in Potter and Randall counties in Texas, damaging or destroying over 100 buildings and causing nearly $13 million dollars in damage.
“It is always recommended that home and business owners heed the warnings of their local emergency management authorities”, said Donald Colarusso, a firefighter for over 25 years and the President of All Hands Fire Equipment, a leading supplier of wildland fire gear. “However, people should be aware of some new innovative products that can greatly increase the protection of their property”, he said.
One such innovation is a product known as “FireIce”. This product is a state-of-the-art additive that enhances the characteristics of water. FireIce in its powder form is added to water and it becomes a fire suppressant gel.
The FireIce water enhanced gel, when applied to fire, breaks the chemical characteristics of fire by suffocating the oxygen from the fuel. FireIce can be applied to a building, which will help protect it from a wildfire, hot burning embers and radiant heat.
Another way to protect valuables is with Fire Proof Bags and Pouches made with a fireproof material called HOT-STOP. The facing of these storage products are metalized aluminum Mylar, which reflects 95% of infrared heat seen in a typical house fire. The HOT-STOP bags are excellent for storing and protecting important documents, photographs, identification, jewelry and heirlooms, and other important personal effects.
As technology continues to change, evolve and improve, so do the many every day dangers that are ever present. It’s important to know of ways to protect families and possessions. Local fire departments or Offices of Emergency Management are a good source to check safety plans for specific communities that are at high risk for wildfires.