It’s one of the worst things that could happen to anyones house, an accidental fire. If not quickly and safely brought under control, it has the potential to devastate. Whilst it is impossible to ensure that you will never experience such an event it is possible to at least be prepared. This doesn’t just mean having a fire blanket in the kitchen, but also having safety features built in to the property from the outset.
As well as having flame retardency qualities which mean it can be used in areas prone to bushfires, timber treated with Boron also gives off less smoke than untreated timber in the event of fire. Given the fact that most fatalities in house fires are actually caused by people being overcome by smoke inhalation, any additional time that can be given to the occupants could make the difference between life and death.
At Boron Solutions we are very pleased that the additional safety benefits that occur after treating timber can help people rest at ease knowing they have some of the best wood protection standards incorporated into their house. So, if you are building your own home or are considering building your own home then we would encourage you to tell your builder that you would like the frames treated with this product.
When we were having our product tested at CISRO we were very pleasantly surprised to find out that our not only were we able to achieve remarkable results in terms of our ability to completely infuse all types of timber with our product, but that the treated wood also had a high degree of fire retardancy. In fact so much so that timber treated with our solution has now been mandated for use in areas where there is a high risk of bushfires.
For those technically inclined the timber is rated to BAL 29 as referenced in Australian Standards 3959 – the bushfire standard.
This means that by using our treatment you gain a host of additional benefits, but what we are most proud of is the fact that the safety of families will be enhanced with its use. So what you are getting is a devastatingly effective termite prevention treatment with significant safety qualities as well. We can’t think of anything else out there that comes close to ticking all these boxes.
Below is the table used in the assessment of bushfire risk.
|Bushfire attack level
||Description of predicted bushfire attack and levels of exposure
||There isinsufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements but there is still some risk
||There is a risk of ember attack. The construction elements are exposed to a heat flux not greater than 12.5kW/m2
||There is a risk of increasing levels of ember attack and burning debris ignited by wind-borne embersand a likelihood of exposure to radiant heat. The construction elements are expected to be exposed to a heat flux not greater than 19kW/m2
||There is an increased risk of ember attack and burning debris ignited by wind-borne embers and a likelihood of exposure to an increased level of radiant heat. The construction elements are expected to be exposed to a heat flux not greater than 29kW/m2
||There is a much increased risk of ember attack and burning debris ignited by wind-borne embers, a likelihood of exposure to a high level of radiant heat and some likelihood of direct exposure to flames from the fire front. The construction elements are expected to be exposed to a heat flux not greater than 40kW/m2
||There is an extremely high risk of ember attack and burning debris ignited by wind-borne embers and a likelihood of exposure to an extreme level of radiant heat and direct exposure to flames from the fire front. The construction elements are expected to be exposed to a heat flux greater than 40kW/m2