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In February 2022, Zenova undertook a ‘real-world’ kitchen fire demonstration in test conditions with the assistance of the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service and Exeter University.
For the demonstration, two identical kitchens were constructed at Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service’s training centre in West Moors, Dorset. The walls and ceiling of the first kitchen were painted with a standard emulsion paint, whilst Zenova FP fire protection paint was used to paint the walls and ceiling of the second. Thermocouples were also installed throughout both kitchens by Professor Claire M. Belcher and her team from the wildFIRE Lab, Exeter University, to record and analyse the flame spread, burn severity and damage in each test kitchen setup.
Each kitchen was subsequently ignited by way of an unattended cooking appliance, the cause of most fires in homes, and filmed using both conventional and thermal cameras.
The real-world kitchen fire demonstration concluded that the kitchen prepared using Zenova FP fire protection paint:
Also known as thermofoaming paint or Intumescent Paint, ZENOVA FP is a fire-resistant water-based paint that prevents the ignition and spread of fire.
As a result of being exposed to heat, the intumescent paint swells and creates a light char foam, increasing in volume and decreasing in density. The heat transfer from the flames to the substrate is thereby greatly diminished. Treated materials become isolated from elements that maintain fire combustion since the paint turns into an insulating protective membrane.
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