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DuPont Fire Extinguishants showcases waterless, clean agent technology for cultural property protection

DuPont Fire Extinguishants will feature DuPont™ FM-200® waterless, clean agent fire extinguishant as the latest addition to its portfolio of non-ozone depleting, clean agent fire suppressants on display at the 10th Annual International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection (IFCPP) conference in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, August 17-18, 2008. The use of DuPont Fire Extinguishants technologies, including FM-200® as well as FE-25™ and FE-36™ has become a best practice among cultural facility directors, curators and security managers to help protect valuable cultural property because clean agents extinguish fires quickly, safely, and effectively, preventing or minimizing potential damage.

“Minimum fire code standards are not adequate to protect valuable cultural and historical artifacts and facilities in the event of a fire. In fact, some systems like water sprinklers can potentially do a lot of harm,” said Greg Rubin, global business manager, DuPont Fluorochemicals-Specialties. “DuPont clean agent fire extinguishant technology is ideal for applications in museums, libraries and other cultural properties because it is fast, clean, safe, dry and highly effective. DuPont has been a global leader in fire protection for more than 35 years, and we’re pleased to showcase FM-200®, the world’s most trusted choice in waterless fire suppression, along with our other FE offerings at IFCPP.”

Fires within museums, galleries, libraries and historical landmarks can be devastating due to the effects of flames and smoke on priceless, rare artifacts. Many commonly used fire extinguishing agents such as water and dry chemicals can also cause additional, often permanent, damage to these artifacts, adding up to millions of dollars in restoration costs or resulting in the total destruction of irreplaceable items.

DuPont Fire Extinguishants have a unique combination of properties that provide more effective protection for cultural sites as well as the occupants that visit and work in these unique locations. Unlike water or other dry chemical suppression methods, clean agent extinguishants are non-conductive and non-corrosive, so they are safe to use around precious valuables. Additionally, they do not leave behind residue that may damage artifacts, so they can help to minimize post-fire clean-up and restoration costs. DuPont™ FE clean agent extinguishants are safe to use where people may be present. They also have zero ozone-depletion potential and are environmentally preferred to halons.

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