In Your Corner: Fire-proof paint
Looking for a way to protect yourself, your family and your belongings against the Oklahoma wildfires?
There’s a special type of paint that fends off fire and it could help during a raging inferno.
Wildfires are fast, furious and unpredictable.
Doug Stafford is part owner of RDR Technologies, a local distributor for fire-retardant paint.
Woven into the special paint is a substance that swells as a result of heat exposure.
The non-toxic compound works as a barrier to insulate walls and ceilings from flames and heat.
Special paint is one option.
Another is a flame-retardant spray that works on paper, wood, fabric or even farm equipment.
“You can actually hook it up to your garden hose and actually like a fertilizer spray and with your garden hose, you can actually treat it,” Stafford said. “This actually works as a fire-retardant on grass as well.”
Flame-retardant products slow fire but products like flame-suppressant spray extinguish it.
They’re more effective than water and a perfect fit for a glove box, shop, kitchen or the trunk of a patrol car.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesperson Betsy Randolph said a fire extinguisher won’t always cut it when a driver is trapped in their burning car.
Fire-suppressant spray gives troopers better odds of saving a life.
“They can spray it on the car door handle which drops the temperature where they can get in the vehicle,” she said. “They can spray it on a person. It won’t matter if it gets in their eyes. You can ingest it. It won’t hurt them at all. It’s non-toxic.”
Stafford believes his products will help give families a peace of mind.
“You want to do everything you can to protect it,” he said. “A product like this can go a long way in helping you do that.”
The fire-retardant and suppressant sprays start at about $20 a bottle.
A gallon of the retardant paint could run you anywhere from $60 to $100.
Get more information about these products and RDR Technologies here.