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The Trouble With Ethanol

Ethanol is here to stay. Environmental types insist that it will help keep our water and air clean. Government leaders trumpet its glories as a renewable energy source and a hedge against rising fuel prices. Farmers love it for obvious reasons —subsidies. Now that the leadership in Congress is in new hands, it seems likely that efforts to increase production incentives for ethanol will hasten in the near term.

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How to Fire-Proof Your Home in an Eco-Friendly Way

As a home-owner or apartment dweller, one of the largest concerns one need be wary of is the ever-existent threat of fire. If you live in a dry, chaparral-heavy environment such as Southern California, that threat is doubly present. Yet, even in the looming presence of this potentially life and home-threatening hazard, most of us are either unprepared or ignorant with regards to fire protection, fire prevention, and most importantly fire extinguishment. Some interesting legal developments have taken place over the past ten years regarding toxic chemicals and fire retardants, both on a federal and state level. The most widely used fire retardant chemicals in the world are called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs.

In 2003, California passed a state-wide ban on these controversial flame retardant chemicals, due to mounting evidence that these particular chemicals accumulate in human and animal fat tissue, and may lead to an array of health issues such as thyroid, liver, and brain toxicity. The ban covered two forms of PBDEs: octa and penta. According to Environment California, since California’s ban of two types of PBDEs in 2003, several states have taken action against these chemicals, including Maine, Hawaii, Michigan, Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Maryland and New York. The European Union also passed a ban in 2002. Now with a third ban lined up for the last remaining PBDE before the California state legislature, Californians will be left with little fire protection, as manufacturers will be forced to halt the inclusion of dangerous flame-retardant chemicals in furniture, electronics, and household items that were previously required stipulations. So in the foreseeable future, California’s furniture, upholstery, carpets, and electronics, while moving in an amiably less chemically-laden direction, will simultaneously create an entirely new public safety issue: how will we fire-proof our homes in a non-toxic and eco-friendly way?

Firefreeze Worldwide Inc., manufactures completely non-toxic and eco-friendly fire retardants, suppressants, and extinguishers as part of their Cold Fire product line. All Firefreeze products are made from mostly organic water and plant-based ingredients, and no components are listed in the NIOSH Recommendation for Occupational Health Standards of 1988, nor are they defined as hazardous by SARA, CERLA, or RCRA. Cold Fire has also been listed by the United States Environmental Protection Program on their SNAP Program Vendor List (this list contains products that are considered acceptable alternatives to toxic products on the market today). Most existing fire extinguisher systems use halon as their main extinguishing agent – even though the 1994 Montreal protocol banned both its production and use. Halon is responsible for sharing credits in depleting the ozone layer, as it is also a great contributor to producing greenhouse gases. Cold Fire is listed by the US EPA under this program as a substitute for Halon 1211. The reason Cold Fire products stand out so significantly is because they are not only sustainable and non-toxic, but they are extraordinarily effective, even with ethanol-fires. Ethanol fires are notoriously some of the hardest fires to put out -The suppressants in Cold Fire use water as a catalyst to remove the heat as well as encapsulate and breakdown the hydrocarbons in the fuel source to extinguish the fire more rapidly, which is why we are now gaining international recognition as the world’s leading environmentally friendly fire extinguishing agent, leading the way in fire fighting technology, and revolutionizing the way fire fighters combat fires (see news coverage on Cold Fire). Firefreeze is quickly gaining support from fire departments, law enforcement agencies, and speed racing tracks nationwide, as they are slowly converting to non-toxic and markedly effective products. But our products are not just for commercial or professional use, they are also appropriate for in home use.

Fire Prevention – Fire Block
Fire Block works to form it’s own thermal insulation barrier to prevent dangerous flames from spreading. It also inhibits the development of toxic hydrocarbon smoke. It is so eco-friendly that it can even be put directly on clothing, carpets, upholstery, and furniture, as it is non-corrosive and does not stain (not to mention has NO toxic chemicals).

Cooling Ability – Cold Fire Aerosol Spray Can
To cool down hot surfaces use the Cold Fire Aerosol Spray Can. The product was designed as a safety tool for trade applications, as it is used to cool down hot surfaces rapidly. It is an excellent tool for plumbers, welders, roofers, mechanics, and all others who work with hot surfaces and open flames. But it will also work in the home for any plumbing, heating, mechanical, or roofing applications that may pose the threat of surface overheating.

Fire Extinguishment – Cold Fire
Firefreeze sells portable extinguishers in 1.5 and 2.5 gallon sizes. Cold Fire is available in convenient quarts for refilling and charging it’s extinguishers. If using bulk product, Cold Fire should be added to equal a 10% solution (so the extinguisher is filled with mostly water). When applied to a fire, it quickly penetrates the hot surface and extracts the heat from a fire without steam conversion (water and foam extinguishers do not have the same penetration capability of Cold Fire). Extinguishers are easily charged with available compressed shop air. (150 PSI)

All Firefreeze products are up to date on testing standards, toxicity requirements and licenses. We will provide inquirers with MSDS & Toxicity test information upon request. So whether you choose to purchase one of these aforementioned products, or all three, know that you are providing your family with an invaluable gift: that of safety through fire prevention, as well as through the eco-friendly forethought you will have demonstrated by investing in a non-toxic, chemical-free fire-extinguishing alternative.