No longer does fire have to be a threat to your poles. A field-applied fire retardant coating called FireSheath® fire retardant coating will help protect poles against the common types of fire that can damage or even topple a pole. Applied by brush, roller, or power sprayer (preferably airless sprayer), the intumescent coating foams up in the event of a fire, creating char which insulates underlying wood from the fire’s heat. In the ASTM E 84 tunnel test, wood coated with the formula qualified as a Class A fire retardant material, with a Flame Spread rating of 5 and a Smoke Developed rating of 65.
Whether used as a preventive measure against periodic brush fires, applied prior to a controlled burn for an extra measure of safety, or put on poles ahead of an oncoming fire, FireSheath® coating can save poles and prevent outages. The coating will remain effective for several years, depending on application, weather, and incursion and duration of fires.
As with all coatings, annual inspection to repair abnormalities is recommended. Such repairs are easily and readily accomplished with FireSheath® coating.
FireSheath® Information Sheet