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Phos-Chek Long Term Fire Retardant, the only way to protect your family and home from wildfire, is the safest, most effective, and environmentally friendly long-term fire retardant available today. Phos-Chek Long Term Fire Retardant, is a colorless long-term fire retardant, is easily applied using any garden or agricultural sprayer. Once properly applied, Phos-Chek will help protect your property long before a wildfire begins. It is designed to be applied as a preventative pre-treatment by spraying dry grasses, brush, wood, or other cellulose material around your home at the beginning of fire season.
While Phos-Chek can be applied within hours of a wildfire reaching your home, it is best used as a pre-treatment before a wildfire begins. Therefore, it is best to apply Phos-Chek at the start of fire season, where it will remain effective throughout the entire fire season so long as the weather remains dry. Rainfall of 1/4" or more will wash Phos-Chek off the treated vegetation.
|Active Ingredient:||ammonium polyphosphate - 85%|
|For use in:||Residential and all other buildings and vegetation surrounding the home|
|Application:||One 96 oz bottle makes 5 gallons of Long Term Fire Retardant solution. Just mix 4.25 gallons of water with the 0.75 gallon of Phos-Chek.
* Spray the area thoroughly with the recommended guidelines for the vegetation type and height. (* See Label for Guidelines)
* Vegetation should be dripping wet with Phos-Chek, and all leaves, bark, needles, and twigs should be saturated down to the soil.
* Spray on all wood surfaces on the home including the garage and other buildings, and all areas of the property that need to be protected.
|Special Features:||The active fire retardant in Phos-Chek Home Defense changes the flammability of wood, plants and other fuels by altering their combustibility when exposed to fire.|
|Shipping Weight:||9.50 lbs|
|Manufactured By:||ICL Performance Products (Mfg. Number: LC-95W)|
For over 50 years the USDA Forest Service and our nation’s wildland firefighters have successfully used Phos-Chek Fire Retardant to protect Lives, Property and Resources from the damaging effects of wildfire. You’ve seen it in action on TV as the “red stuff” dropped from planes onto wildfires below. And now, Phos-Chek is finally available for home defense—without the red color! Phos-Chek Home Defense is an environmentally safe, long-term retardant. Applied months in advance or hours before a wildfire reaches your home, Phos-Chek can significantly increase the chances of your home surviving a wildfire, especially when used in combination with other principles of defensible space.
Phos-Chek Home Defense and how it works
The active fire retardant in Phos-Chek Home Defense changes the flammability of wood, plants and other fuels by altering their combustibility when exposed to fire.
Fire is a chemical reaction. It spreads by preheating fuels in front of it, such as grass, plants, branches, and other cellulose materials. When these fuels get hot enough, gases combust and re ignites on the new fuels. Phos-Chek works by preventing this chemical reaction from occurring. When the heat from fire reacts with fuels coated in Phos-Chek, water and carbon graphite are formed instead. The water boils off, cooling the fire. And the carbon graphite forms a protective, non-flammable barrier around the fuels, effectively preventing a wildfire from moving closer to your home.
Wood and other cellulose materials that have been treated with Phos-Chek retain their fire-retardant properties until the retardant has been washed away or rubbed off. Consequently, while the weather stays dry, the retardant remains effective.
Home Ignition Zone
The Home Ignition Zone begins with at least 30 feet of space immediately around the home and extending out as far as 100-200 feet depending on the characteristics of surrounding forest or grasslands. Creating and maintaining the Home Ignition Zone reduces or eliminates hazards presented by vegetation (by thinning or spacing, removing dead leaves and needles, and pruning shrubs and tree branches) and combustible construction (wooden porches, decks, storage sheds, outbuildings, swing sets of fences).
Lean, Clean, and Green Landscaping
With Firewise landscaping, you can create survivable space around your home that reduces your wildfire threat. Prune large trees so that the lowest branches are at least 6 to 10 feet high to prevent a fire on the ground from spreading to the tree tops. Within the Home Ignition Zone, remove flammable plants that contain resins, oils, and waxes that burn readily: ornamental junipers, paupon, holly, red cedar, and young pine. A list of less-flammable plants can be obtained from your local state forester, forestry office, county extension office, or landscape specialist.
Fire-Resistant Roof Construction
Firewise roof construction materials include Class-A asphalt shingles, metal, slate or clay tile, and concrete products. Keep the roof, gutters, and eaves clear of leaves and other debris. Make sure under eave and soffit vents are as close as possible to the roof line.
Attachments include any structure connected to your home, such as decks, porches, or fences. If these items attached to a home are not fire-resistant, then the home as a whole is vulnerable to ignition.
Wall materials that resist heat and flames include brick, cement, plaster, stucco, and concrete masonry. Tempered and double pane glass windows can make a home more resistant to wildfire heat and flames.
A Disaster Plan
The time to plan for an emergency is prior to the event. Take time to discuss with your family what actions you will take. Post emergency telephone numbers in a visible place. Leave before it is too late. Decide where you will go and how you will get there. Have tools available (shovel, rake, axe, handsaw or chainsaw). Maintain an emergency water source. Have a plan for your pets. Practice family fire drills.
Identify your home and neighborhood with clearly marked street names and numbers. Include a driveway that is at least 12 feet wide with a vertical clearance of 15 feet and a slope of less than 5 percent to provide access to emergency vehicles.
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11/28/2014 Nicole from Colorado Springs, Co
QWhat is the area coverage per bottle of Phos-Chek Long Term Fire Retardant?
I have a average size ranch style home, all wood. How many units do I need to buy to cover walls, roof, and yard - roughly? Thank you.
AThe amount of Phos-Chek Long Term Fire Retardant will depend on what you are treating. If you are treating a 1000 sq. ft. area that contains mostly grass and a few bushes, you will be using 10 gallons of solution. One bottle of Phos-Chek Long Term Fire Retardant should cover what you are wanting to do. You will mix 0.75 fl. oz. per 4 1/4 gallons of water to make 5 gallons of solution.
09/14/2015 Ronnie from Sb, Ca
QWhat kind of spray bottle should be used for application? Does Phos-Chek Long Term Fire Retardant come with a spray bottle?
QCan I use Phos-Chek Long Term Fire Retardant for interior treatments?
I need an indoor fire retardant for curtains, upholstery, and rugs. Do you provide these products?
A We apologize, but at this time we do not carry any fire retardant products that can be applied indoors. The Phos-Chek Long Term Fire Retardant is just for exterior use.
We apologize, but at this time we do not carry any fire retardant products that can be applied indoors. The Phos-Chek Long Term Fire Retardant is just for exterior use.