|Roberts Contrax Vic is a distributor of
Home Bush Fire Protection
The majority of houses destroyed in bush fires
actually survive the passage of
the fire front, only to burn down during the next few hours due
to the fire spreading from ignitions caused by wind–borne
burning debris. Whilst direct flame contact and radiant heat
also play a part in the ignition and destruction of buildings,
these mechanisms are generally only significant during the few
minutes it takes for the fire front to pass. Showers of burning
debris, on the other hand, may attack a building for some time
before the fire front arrives, during the passage of the fire
front and for several hours after the fire front has passed.
This long duration of attack, to a large extent, explains why
burning debris is a major cause of ignition of buildings.
Extract – CSIRO – Buildings
Innovation & Construction Technology / Number 11 Feb 2000
A small example of some of the products that are available
In many bushfires, houses are burnt both inside and out. This is
caused by radiant heat transferring through windows, glass doors
etc and igniting curtains etc. In some cases, the glass can even
be broken and burning debris enters the house and ignites the
Pyroguard SRF is a water-based solution for the treatment of
fibers. It is very easily applied and is a cost effective way of
protecting your home.
EXTERNAL NATURAL FINISH TIMBER FIXTURES AND FITTINGS
To further protect your home, decking and timber furnishing
outside your home can be treated to retard against fire. Many
decking stains and sealers are highly flammable and only add
fuel to a fire.
Formseal FR is a translucent water based fire
retardant sealer for application to timber and canvas and can be
used internally and externally. Once Formseal is dry it is
impervious to water, dirt and grime. It will not discolour
timber during or after application and is environmentally safe.
It is very easily applied and a cost effective way of protecting
FIRE RESISTANT BOARD
Supalux is a strong, lightweight non-combustible
building board for use in many fire resisting and general
purpose building applications. It has been test to AS 1530.1 to
show that it will not combust under fire loads.
Supalux is a non-combustible board designed for use in
providing fire protection in gas installations requiring a
non-combustible board. Approved for use in accordance with
Australian Gas Codes (AS 5601 and AG 601).
- Splash backs for behind gas commercial cooking
- Also for behind wood and gas heaters e.g. Coonaras.
- Heat insulation for the internal surfaces of gas heating
- Insulated or non-insulated fire rated ceiling up to 120
- Fire rated eaves linings
- Partitions (non-load-bearing), up to 120 mins with
timber studs and 240 mins with steel studs.
- Easily cut and shaped with timber tools
- May be finished or decorated in normal building methods
- Moisture and chemically resistant
- Withstands continuous temperatures up to 250°C
Supalux is resistant to attack by
insects or vermin and will not nourish mould growth but should
be sealed when used in areas where boards are liable to absorb
matter that will support mould.