Frequently Asked Questions
Is Cold Fire UL Listed?
Yes. Cold Fire is listed as a Class A & B Wetting Agent
(Listing Number 2N75).
Is Cold Fire listed with the NFPA?
Cold Fire has been tested in accordance with NFPA Standard
18 for Wetting Agents.
Does Cold Fire require special training?
No special training is required; follow directions in its
Does Cold Fire require special equipment in handling and
applying agent to wildfires?
No, existing fire fighting equipment and application methods are
How is Cold Fire applied?
Cold Fire can be used with an eductor, used in foam tank, or batch
mixed directly in the booster tank. It can be used with proportioning
systems and CAFS systems. For wildfires, it can be applied using
engines or from pumping stations along a fire line, by helicopters
using Bambi buckets and other approved airborne methods. It can
be used in standard water canisters filled with air or nitrogen.
What class fires can Cold Fire be used on?
Cold Fire can be used on Class A, Class B, and Class
D fires along with being used for structure protection and in portable
What percentage of Cold Fire is used to extinguish the
above classes of fire?
- Class A: use .5 - 3% of Cold Fire
(ex. 500 gallons at .5% = 2.5gallons of Cold Fire)
- Class B: use 3 - 6% of Cold Fire
(ex. 500 gallons at 3% = 15 gallons of Cold Fire)
- Class D: use 6 - 10% of Cold Fire
(ex. 500 gallons at 6% = 30 gallons of Cold Fire)
Why use Cold Fire?
Its a non-toxic, non-corrosive product that can be batch mixed
directly into booster tanks with no need to flush out lines. Has
indefinite shelf life when stored in closed containers. Its thermal
insulation capability prevents re-ignition when properly applied.
Is Cold Fire hazardous to fire fighters?
No, Cold Fire is a completely non-toxic product, plant-based
and biodegradable. It has a Hazmat HMIS rating of 0,0,0 - the same
What are the recommended percentages of Cold Fire added
Check the Dilution Rate sheet.
Was Cold Fire developed primarily for fire suppression?
Cold Fire was developed to provide the fire fighting industry
with an efficient and effective fire-fighting agent that not only
extinguishes fire quickly, but does so without harming the environment,
fire fighters or fire victims. Cold Fire was developed with
enhanced safety and future generations in mind.
Can Cold Fire be used on other types of fires?
Yes, Cold Fire can be used A, B, D and K Class fires - everything
from a grass or brush fire to an ethanol fire. Because it uses a
water carrier, it is NOT suited for electrical fires unless used
with deionized water. Still not recommended.
How does Cold Fire work? To understand how Cold
Fire works, you must first understand the basic structure
of fire. In order for a fire to be created, four components are
necessary: fuel, oxygen, heat and chemical chain reaction. These
components form what is called a fire tetrahedron. Most
agents extinguish fires by breaking down one leg of the tetrahedron,
heat or fuel. Cold Fire is considered to have 6 times the
penetrating capability of water. This characteristic, coupled with
its extraordinary capability to absorb heat, allows Cold Fire
to penetrate a fire faster, absorb the heat, and bring the fuel
source generating the fire under its flash point more quickly. Cold
Fire also works to encapsulate the fuel source and its vapors,
and simultaneously stops the chain reaction and begins to break
down the molecular structure of the hydrocarbon fuel source, preventing
Is Cold Fire a Foam?
Yes and No. Most foams only sit on top of the fuel source, trying
to blanket and smother it to eliminate the oxygen from
a fire. It does not encapsulate or cool the source. Cold Fire is
a unique agent that not only creates a foam blanket to smother
the fuel, but it works into the fuel source to encapsulate and break
the chemical chain reaction of fire. By encapsulating the fuel source,
the vapors of the fuel can no longer be vaporized to cause re-ignition.
Cold Fire is better than AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam) because
if the AFFF foam blanket is disrupted, the vapor of the fuel underneath
the blanket can easily re-ignite.
Other advantages over Foam:
Cold Fire is non-toxic and non-corrosive. Foam is both toxic and
corrosive. Cold Fire can be batch mixed directly into booster tanks
or inducted without fear of clogging lines or corrosion of hoses
and tanks. When using foam, lines need to be flushed out. Foam is
also not a good agent for fighting vertical fires because it has
minimal if no penetration value to penetrate and extinguish a fire
faster. Cold Fire has 6 to 10 times the penetration capacity
of water, extinguishing and cooling a surface many times faster
than water. Cold Fire is also non-slip and does not leave a residue.
AFFF is a Class B foam. There are also many Class A foams on the
market. Many fire departments purchase both Class A and B foams.
Cold Fire allows fire departments to purchase only one product.
Cold Fire extinguishes both Class A and B fires. By purchasing Cold
Fire, fire departments will save money and time since they will
no longer need to purchase two products, or flush out lines or tanks
due to fear of clogging and corrosion.
What about Ethanol and other Polar Solvents?
Cold Fire will extinguish ethanol fires, as well as methanol and
other polar solvents. A foaming nozzle is recommended to help knock
down the vapors and kill the flames.
What are the advantages of using Cold Fire in place of
Cold Fire is environmentally friendly, 100% biodegradable,
non-toxic and non-corrosive
Cold Fire reduces the density of hydrocarbon smoke,
thereby increasing visibility
Cold Fires unique rapid cooling capability enhances
safety and reduces the chances of flashover and reignition
The shelf life of Cold Fire is indefinite if stored
in closed containers between 28°F and 120°F
Cold Fire can be batch mixed directly into your booster tank.
If using an eductor and 5 gallon pail, you do not have to
carry the pail to within 100ft of the end of the hose, like you
do with other foams.
Cold Fire is non-corrosive and 100% soluble. It will
not corrode your equipment or clog your hose lines
Cold Fire is non-slip
What is the advantage of using Cold Fire in place of water
Cold Fire is significantly more efficient than water alone. It enhances
the waters ability to penetrate the source of the fire, extinguishing
the fire with significantly less water and reducing the amount of
water damage. Cold Fire greatly enhances the waters ability
to absorb heat, allowing fire fighters to gain entry into a structure
or rooms much faster. By removing the heat, it makes it much safer
for the firefighters.
How is Cold Fire sold?
Cold Fire is sold in 5 gallon pails, 55 gallon drums and 275 gallon
totes for fire departments, commercial and industrial applications.
Cold Fire is also sold in 8 oz, 12 oz. spray cans and 32 oz. spray
bottles for trade, tool, and racing applications.