Bonfire Night Safety the Twistfix Way

Bonfire Night 2015 will mark the 410th anniversary of the defeat of the Gunpowder Plot, in which thirteen dedicated yet dangerous men planned to destroy the Houses of Parliament and the government officials therein. We now commemorate the event with bonfires, fireworks and sparklers - of course, there is always an element of risk when ‘playing with fire’ but using our Fire Proof Paints will help to dramatically improve the safety of people and property.

Each year, the days leading up the the 5th November see a sharp increase in emergency services callouts as accidents, injuries and damage to property becomes more of a risk. Bonfire Night itself is, under­stan­dably, the time when most fires are reported and many of these are exacerbated by a lack of fire proof paints and intumescent coatings.

Though essentially non-combustible, surfaces such as brick or plasterboard can actually pose a significant fire hazard. This is due to the fact that almost all such surfaces have undergone repeated decoration using a variety of conventional paint types in the past and the resulting thick layers quickly delaminate in the presence of fire, igniting and facilitating the spread of flames to other parts of the building. Even structural steels can be affected by the extreme heat of a fire;­ building regulations require that structural steel is protected against fire because the load-bearing strength of steel decreases as its temperature increases. Structural integrity is considered to have been lost when the temperature reaches 550°C.

It is advisable to have a strategy to mitigate flame spread and a plan of evacution in the event of a fire. All too often unprotected basements, passageways and balconies not only hinder escape from a blazing building but also cause access difficulties for fire fighters and rescue workers.

Intumescent coatings rapidly expand to create a foam-like fire-resistant carbon char that refuses to burn, delaying the potential of what lies beneath to ignite. Using a selection of our fire paints, you can quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively reduce the risks caused by fire, this Bonfire Night and far beyond. The collection includes:

Intumescent Paint for Structural Steel

  • An effective intumescent coating for passive fire protection to horizontal steels

  • fully fire tested to BS476:Part 21:1987- Fire Resistance of loadbearing elements of structure for 30, 60, 90 and 120 minutes

  • Seek technical guidance to use the higher figures or for use on vertical structural steels

Thermoguard Wallcoat

  • An intumescent undercoat application for previously painted plaster, plaster­board, brick, concrete and Artex surfaces. Best used with a Flame-Retardant top coat to stop the spread of flames along ceilings and walls

  • Fully tested to strictly adhere to the new Fire Regulation Standard BS EN Class B sl and also comply with Class 0

Thermoguard Timbercoat

  • Like Wallcoat, this is an intumescent undercoat but is specifically formulated for application to timber structures to delay the ignition of wood

  • Meets the same official standards as Wallcoat - in the new BS EN test, Timbercoat lasted a full 20 minutes even with airflow; this doubled the previous 10 minute BS 476 standard

Fire Retardant Varnish Kit

  • This innovative timber protection kit comprises three distinct components: basecoat, activator and flame-retardant topcoat

  • Contains sufficient varnish to cover appro­ximately 20m² of wall or ceiling surface and deliver a Class 0 Fire Rating

We would like to wish all of our customers a fun, exciting and most of all SAFE Bonfire Night 2015. Check out our fire proof paint products and call us for all the details.
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