Foams remain the most effective way of fighting flammable liquid fires. Being lighter it forms a blanket above the flammable liquid which then quickly suppresses the fire. This explains why it is the fire-extinguishing agent of choice in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries and airports.
Today the market is dominated by synthetic and protein foams. The problem with synthetic foams is that they depend on fluorine-based surfactants for their film-forming quality. These surfactants contain the well-known perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) which scientists and environmentalists have flagged out as serious health concerns. In comparison, protein foams are safer but perform less well.
What is JN1010 and how is it safe and green? JN1010 is made from plants and contains mainly acacia sep, carom seed sep and mineral salts, a proprietary mix invented by Dr. Judah Jay, an eminent fire dynamics expert based in Singapore. Most importantly, it is PFOA-free, PFOS-free and toxin-free, and does not give off any hazardous products when it comes in contact with fire. It meets the Singapore Green Label based on tests conducted by TÜV-SÜD-PSB.
Why is JN1010 an effective alternative? The effectiveness of JN1010 as an alternative to synthetic foams has been proven beyond doubt based on a series of live tests and international standard tests. It meets the standards of EN 1568-3:2008 (Annex H) “Specification for low expansion foam concentrates for surface application to water immiscible liquids” based on tests conducted by Efectis Nederland. It also meets the standards of ICAO Level B based on tests conducted by UL India.
INSPIRO Fire & Crisis Pte Ltd is a fire, emergency and crisis consultancy firm incorporated in Singapore.