Incendin reaches breakthrough in sustainable technology for fire safety
New formulation of fluorine-free additives for portable fire extinguishers warrants lifesaving performance, without the environmental cost
Tisselt, Belgium, 1 June 2021 - As governments around the world continue to ban the use of firefighting foams containing fluorine, Incendin, a leading developer of chemicals for the fire safety industry, launches FFX®, a range of fluorine-free additives for portable fire extinguishers.
Fires in residential buildings, offices, public properties and industrial premises are a tremendous cause of human suffering and destruction. According to Fire Safe Europe, the European association for fire safety in buildings, more than 4,000 people are killed by fire in Europe every year. It only takes three minutes on average for a fire to engulf an entire room.
Growing need for sustainable fire extinguishing
To prevent starting fires from getting out of control, high-performance portable fire extinguishers are a valuable asset. Millions of extinguishers are produced every year. Waterbased extinguishers are often preferred over powder-based extinguishers, as they have the advantage of not impairing visibility and limit collateral damage. However, these water-based extinguishers traditionally contain fluorine. Fluorine is sometimes dubbed a ‘forever chemical’ as it accumulates in the environment and is not biodegradable, with negative consequences for all kind of species, including humans.