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Halotron - Clean Fire Extinguishing Agent Replacement for Halon 1211

   
Halotron is a clean fire extinguishing agent intended to replace Halon 1211 in streaming applications. NFPA 2001, "Standard on Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems" defines a "Clean Agent" to be "electrically non-conducting, volatile, or gaseous fire extinguishant that does not leave a residue upon evaporation." Halotron is a safe, effective, environmentally acceptable replacement for Halon 1211. It is discharged as a liquid that rapidly evaporates. Halotron is a proprietary three component chemical blend based on HCFC-123.

Halotron Approvals

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
"Significant New Alternatives Policy" (SNAP) Program
The EPA's SNAP program is a requirement under Section 612 of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. The EPA's objective is to evaluate alternative chemicals and processes intended to replace ozone depleting substances like CFCs and Halon to ensure that they are acceptable from a human health and environmental perspectives. Proposed alternatives must have an acceptable environmental impact, have low toxicity and must be relatively clean or volatile. The replacements must also be commercially available and effective fire suppression agents.

Under the CAA, Halons are considered "Class I" in which production was stopped on January 1, 1994. HCFCs like Halotron are considered transitional "Class II" substances.

In the final SNAP rule, published in the Federal Register on March 18, 1994, Halotron was listed as a "Class II" substance acceptable streaming agent substitute for Halon 1211 in commercial/industrial, maritime, and military uses. New production of Halotron is subject to a complete phase-out in the year 2030.

Meets standards in NFPA 2001

"Standard on Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems" Underwriters Laboratory (UL) and Underwriters Laboratory of Canada (ULC) Listed In compliance with ANSI 711 and ANSI/UL 1093.

In 1995 both UL and ULC tested and listed Halotron in portable extinguishers in the following fire classes:

  • Class A Fires in ordinary combustibles such as wood, cloth, paper, rubber, and many plastics.

  • Class B Fires in flammable liquids, oils, greases, tars, oil-base paints, lacquers, and flammable gases.

  • Class C Fires that involve energized electrical equipment.

U.S. Federal Aviation Agency (FAA)
For Airport Fire Fighting
On June 12, 1995, the FAA issued CertAlert 95-03, which describes the approval of Halotron for use in airport fire fighting. The primary application for Halotron at commercial airports has been in aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicles.

U.S. Coast Guard Approved for portable fire extinguishers
The U.S. Coast Guard has approved Halotron filled fire extinguishes, that meets USCG requirements, as "Marine Type, USCG Approved." The established sizes are type B, size I. And type B, size II.
    
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