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[BKARTS] Fire Suppressant -- Dry Water?

Many years ago, at an AIC Annual Meeting banquet, we heard a presentation on Dry Water. It was a spoof, but maybe, there just might be such a chemical.

On GOOD MORNING AMERICA for April 13, there was a brief segment on a non-destructive fire suppressant for sprinkler systems. A book was dunked and said to dry in minutes. Even a laptop computer was immersed with no apparent affect.
The product is called SAPPHIRE and is available from ANSUL INC. It was made available last July in a one tank + one nozzle setup, but early this year it was engineered for larger installations. Following is a portion of the information available on the ANSUL INC. website << ansul.com >> and click on Sapphire.

From the website:
This revolutionary technology utilizes a new sustainable chemical agent that fights fires without causing damage to electronics, works of art, irreplaceable artifacts and other critical assets. This system provides the ideal solution for hospitals, museums, telecommunications centers and other facilities seeking to protect critical assets that could be damaged by ordinary fire suppression systems.

The ANSUL® SAPPHIRE™ Suppression System uses 3M® NOVEC™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid. It looks like water, but does not cause the type of damage associated with water when putting out a fire. It can be used to protect rare exhibits, electronic equipment and other delicate items without causing any harm. The fire protection fluid will quickly evaporate, safeguarding these items and leaving them unaffected.

The local rep for Philadelphia (my area) is John Maiorana at 215-332-0855.

Bill Minter

William Minter Bookbinding & Conservation, Inc.
4364 Woodbury Pike
Woodbury, PA  16695
Fax:   814-793-4045
Email:    wminter@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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