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Fires can spread quickly and have a devastating impact. Therefore, it is often necessary to add flame retardants to everyday items to reduce the risk of fire and meet governmental and industry regulatory standards. Flame retardants are chemicals that are added to combustible materials. They help to prevent a fire from starting or to slow the spread of flames.
Using flame retardant additives can improve fire safety and potentially save lives. However, some types of flame retardants can release toxic fumes when they burn. They may also contain chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other serious health problems.
Halogen-free flame retardants from Budenheim
To avoid environmental and health hazards, Budenheim developed a line of halogen-free flame retardants. Budenheim makes these flame retardants using a basis of inorganic or nitrogenous compounds. They are non-toxic, non-corrosive and biodegradable, offering a safer and more environmentally friendly flame retardant.
Budenheim also offers their BUDIT® series, which provides superior properties in processing and application. For example, BUDIT® IS 3001 features outstanding weathering performance. It is ideally suited to applications requiring a high resistance at elevated temperatures. Using this flame retardant enables you to conform with increasingly stringent flammability requirements, such as UL 94 V-O and V-2. It can be used in a variety of applications, including:
- Coated fabrics/textiles
- Wire and cable
Improved flame retardancy and smoke suppression
One key benefit of using Budenheim halogen-free flame retardants is a minimal release of smoke. When the flame retardants are exposed to heat, they break down, become a foam, carbonize and harden. The hardened crust protects the burning object and suppresses the development of smoke. As a result, only a small amount of smoke is produced, which is largely non-toxic and non-corrosive. This is essential to minimizing the health risks of a fire and saving more lives.
Severe smoke development can block escape routes and result in long-term lung and neurological damage or fatalities. Because halogen-free flame retardants generate substantially less smoke, they help to improve visibility and provide a safe path of escape in the event of a fire.
For plastics, these flame retardants are incorporated directly into the base materials. For steel, concrete or textiles, they are added to a lacquer or coating and then applied to the substrate. These flame retardants are colorless and easy-to-use, making them ideal for environmentally friendly, solvent-free and water-based applications.
H.M. Royal supplies Budenheim flame retardants to multiple industries for a variety of applications. Our team of experts can help you find the right solution to fit your needs. For more information, call us at (800) 257-9452 or contact us here.