BlazeCheck, important issues to consider

As the application of heat to a fuel source releases a gas vapor from fuel, it mixes with oxygen thereby creating a fuel that will burn. The heat generated will then act upon the remaining fuel thereby allowing the off-gassing/burning process to continue. BlazeCheck stops this off-gassing process by rearranging the fuel molecules and by cooling the fuel.

Pre-treatment; As BlazeCheck stops the off-gassing process it is also capable of stopping this process before a source of ignition ignites a fire. Therefore one of the important things to remember about BlazeCheck is that when it is mixed with fuel in a pre-treatment, fuel becomes inert, never to burn again.

Fuel sources include class A such as wood and paper, class B which are mostly liquid petroleum such as gasoline, oils, tar, paint thinners, etc. Class D metals such as titanium and magnesium which by the way cannot be put out with water as they burn so hot that they break the bonds in H2O where it becomes fuel as well.

Applying BlazeCheck to fuels

BlazeCheck when added to either freshwater or saltwater as its carrier is for short term storage. Methods for longer term storage, greater than two years, needs to be approved by PEG, LLC.

There is no need for special or new equipment. The system in place will apply BlazeCheck often with little to no modification.

BlazeCheck is an easy material to include in nearly all fire fighting systems. Firefighters apply solution just as they would plain water, with standard nozzles. BlazeCheck can be batched mixed in a tank or other storage vessel, stored in a container and proportioned as needed (foam system on a truck) or kept in buckets, drums or totes for use as needed.

BlazeCheck is Ph neutral so it will not damage pumps, valves, appliances or any other equipment. Therefore when BlazeCheck is deployed extensive clean up is not necessary, unlike acid based foam materials.  BlazeCheck will not harm people and animals as it is Ph neutral.

With foam materials there are many factors that need to be managed in order to make them “good foam”. Starting at the pump, the pressure in the line needs to be correct, the proportioner, hose length and foam nozzle need to be factored in. The wind will blow foam away from its target even after it is applied and rain can also be an issue. Foam then needs to be reapplied as needed to maintain the blanket. None of these issues apply to BlazeCheck.  Just as importantly there are ingredients in AAAF that have been banned in a number of states in the US and the US government is currently looking at alternatives including BlazeCheck as an option to replace AAAF foams. We are excited about this as we do not know of another formula that will do what BlazeCheck is able to do.

Lastly, foam will need a smooth undisturbed surface on which to build a blanket. As discussed BlazeCheck does not need any certain surface or a blanket to treat fuel.

Fire apparatus;

Batch mix in booster supply tanks

Use an external proportioner

Include in onboard “foam” tanks

Fixed systems;

Add to supply tanks

Proportion from Skid totes or another container

Class D metals are common in pyrotechnics such as road flares. While a road flare will burn freely when it gets wet, as when a police officer is directing traffic in the rain, BlazeCheck will extinguish road flares. These same types of self-oxidizing metals such as Magnesium are common in  pyrotechnics.  I am confident based on my experience that BlazeCheck will perform in places where other materials would not.

Economics;

BlazeCheck stops fire very quickly. Damage from the fire can be the smaller part of the damage that is done.  The more quickly fire stops the less water is used, which means, less damage from water and smoke, less clean up (overhaul), equals less firefighter time on location.

BlazeChecks shelf life is very long, a minimum of 10 years. We take product we made 20 years ago down off the shelf and test it occasionally. It works every time. According to the foam manufactures own labels foam must be replaced as often as once per year. (See their labels for exact dates and times) why would want to buy a product with such a limited shelf life.

When fire goes out problems start to go away.

Clean up; BlazeCheck cleans up with water. Wash the affected areas

Disposal of by-products;

Small quantities can be mopped up or flushed with soap and water. Larger quantities can be taken to disposal sites with minimal cost, as low toxicity will save cost.

Clean up/ disposal

When fuel is rendered inert, toxicity is gone.

Personnel protective/ safety issues will change for the better.

When BlazeCheck is used to clean up a Hazardous Material or to clean a fuel storage tank for example, disposal facilities will find far less volatile compounds and  therefore cost to the user will be far less.

Things PEG does not call it

Foam; does not work like, does not act like, BlazeCheck is not a “me to” foam product.

BlazeCheck is a next-generation product that has capabilities far beyond anything foam can do.

Chemical; chemicals are bad for the environment, firefighters and equipment. AAAF foam is highly acidic and causes all sorts of issues, like rusting equipment and burning skin.  BlazeCheck is Ph neutral, environmentally friendly and will not burn skin or rust equipment.

  • Wetting agent, wet water agent, While BlazeCheck does these things it is so much more.
  • Scenarios;
  • Confined spaces.

Powder materials become airborne creating breathing issues for victims. With BlazeCheck liquid, there is no dust.  BlazeCheck in combination with water cools. No heat, no fire.

Liquid Fuel spills can be treated on the scene and disposed of within local guidelines.

  • BlazeCheck is;
  • Is Ph neutral
  • Is not harmful to land or Marine life

Mixing ratios

We recommend the following mixing ratios

  • 1% General purpose fire suppression, structures. Class A materials
  • 3% Liquid fuels, such as gasoline, oil derivatives.  Class B materials
  • 6% Metals such as titanium and magnesium     Class D materials

The most important thing to keep in mind is that a certain amount of BlazeCheck will handle a certain BTU load. If it is used in a percentage other than what is generally called for it will take more or less solution to extinguish the fire. In other words, higher concentrations will work more quickly with less water, lower concentrations may take a little longer.

Mixes easily – Stays in suspension

  • Air tankers;
  • Add BlazeCheck to water as it is loaded on the airplane
  • See acceptance letters from agencies.
  • Helicopter drop buckets;
  • Put small tank onboard with a hose to the drop bucket. A small pump can deliver BlazeCheck to each bucket full of water after it is lifted from its source.
  • See acceptance letters from agencies.

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