Specifiers overseeing winter maintenance schedules can introduce Crown Trade Timonox Flame Retardant Coatings to underpin fire safety management programmes.
The system reduces the risk of fire spread on walls and ceilings, where multiple layers of conventional paint can create a flammable surface if they have built-up over many years.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (England & Wales) and the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 underline the potential hazard of flame spread on painted surfaces as being a factor to be considered in a fire risk assessment.
Building designers, Local Authorities, Housing Associations and building owners have a ‘Duty of Care’ to build and maintain premises that not only minimise fire risk but also to reduce the loss of life, injury and damage to property if a fire was to start.
Multiple layers of conventional paint coatings – whether water or solvent borne – can make a previously non-combustible surface dangerous by their potential to burn, spreading fire rapidly and turning circulation and communal areas, or escape routes, into a mass of flames in seconds.
However, Crown Trade Timonox offers a cost effective solution to address the situation.
When applied on the walls and ceilings of corridors, stairwells and other communal areas that form part of a circulation area or fire escape route, Crown Trade Timonox can help provide additional time for a building to be safely evacuated.
Debbie Orr, Marketing Manager at Crown Paints, said: “Crown Trade Timonox Flame Retardant Coatings work by limiting the oxygen around the flames through the release of non-combustible gases, and by using a formulation that provides a barrier to the flammable paint layers beneath.
“This process sees Crown Trade Timonox help buy precious extra time for evacuation – with the potential to save lives.
“Furthermore, it can enable more time for rescue services to take control of the fire affected area and control fire spread, which could potentially reduce damage to buildings.”
Crown Trade’s video, ‘The Right Paint For The Job,’ includes footage of a burn test, which compares Timonox against conventional paint www.youtube.com/crowntradetv
The subject of is also covered in depth in a CPD from Crown Paints, entitled ‘Burning Issues - The Fire Hazard Of Painted Wall And Ceiling Surfaces.’ The CPD is one of a series from Crown aimed at social housing and local authority specification professionals, including ‘Effective Paint Specification.’
Finally, Crown Paints’ dedicated specification website, www.crownpaintspec.co.uk pulls together a raft of online tools and detailed information in a clear and concise format, to underpin a more selective, sustainable and speedier specification process for products. It enables access to Crown Paints’ industry-leading services, including site specific surveys, the colour team and Sustainable Smart Maintenance.