H3R Performance
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    THE IMPORTANCE OF A FIRE EXTINGUISHER FOR YOUR AUTOMOBILE
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    Why should a consumer purchase a fire extinguisher for his or her vehicle?

    According the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. public fire departments in 2004 responded to an estimated 266,500 highway-type vehicle fires. These fires claimed 520 lives and caused $969 million in direct property damage. NFPA estimates that one (17%) of every six reported fires involves a highway-type vehicle and 13% of all civilian fire deaths. On average, more than 30 highway vehicle fires were reported per hour. More than two-thirds of highway vehicle fires resulted from mechanical or electrical failures or malfunctions.

    Highway vehicles include cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles commonly driven on roads or highways.

    H3R PERFORMANCE FIRE EXTINGUISHER FEATURES AND BENEFITS
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    Why should consumers purchase an H3R Performance fire extinguisher?

    H3R Performance's sister company, H3R Aviation, has a rich history in the aviation industry, known for its rigorous safety standards. In addition, H3R Performance has an established reputation for producing quality products and standing behind the products it sells. H3R Performance prominently promotes the message that consumers should be prepared in case of a vehicle fire. When consumers are purchasing an H3R Performance product they can rest assured that is legal in all 50 states.
    3
    What does "UL Listed" mean in relation to fire extinguishers?

    The reputation of Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc. for testing for the public safety is renowned (see www.ul.com). As a major retailer, it is no doubt known to you and valued by your internal risk managers who assess the products you offer for sale. On a dry chemical extinguisher, the ULŪ Mark is a positive representation to the consumer that the extinguisher meets or exceeds the requirements of the NFPA 10, ANSI/UL 711 and ANSI/UL 299 safety standards discussed above. For the retailer, it is a valuable independent third-party validation of an extinguisher's compliance with these requirements-requirements that by law must be met in order for the retailer to lawfully sell the extinguisher in most states.

    UL does more than allow a manufacturer to display the ULŪ Mark on a fire extinguisher. As an integral part of this authorization is a continuous process of scrutiny by UL of the manufacturer's manufacturing and quality assurance processes by regular on site in-plant inspections of the manufacturing facilities, QC controls and recordkeeping. All of this adds up to an increased level of comfort to you, the retailer that the fire extinguisher you are selling to the public will perform, and will protect life and property.
    4
    What do UL fire classifications mean?

    Underwriters Laboratories (UL) classifies and rates fire extinguishers on their ability to put out various classes and sizes of fires.

    Each class of fire will require an appropriate class of fire extinguisher. Some extinguishers can be rated for more than one class of fire and carry multiple class designations. An extinguisher rated for electrical "C" class fire will always have an accompanying designation. The presence of the letter "C" simply indicates that the extinguishing agent is non-conductive. Class "C" fire will typically turn in to "A" or "B" class fires once an electrical current is shut-off.

    Please familiarize yourself with the picture icons below which indentify fire classifications. An extinguisher of a corresponding class should put out a fire with minimal adverse effects. However, using the wrong class of an extinguisher on the wrong type of fire can lead to severe consequences.
    • Fire
      Classification


    •   A



    •   B



    •   C



    •   D



    •   K

    • Description

    • ORDINARY COMBUSTIBLES:
      wood, paper, cloth, trash and other ordinary materials.

    • FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS &
      GASES:
      gasoline, oils, paint lacquer and tar.

    • FIRES INVOLVING LIVE ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT.


    • COMBUSTIBLE METALS OR COMBUSTIBLE METAL
      ALLOYS
      (NO picture symbol)
    • FIRES IN COOKING APPLIANCES THAT INVOLVE COOKING MEDIA: animal or vegetable oils and fats
    • Icon

    • class 'A' fire
    • class 'B' fire
    • class 'C' fire
    • class 'D' fire
    • class 'K' fire



    Using a given fire size as a benchmark, UL assigns a numerical rating before the letter classification to denote the size of a given type of fire that an extinguisher can put out. For example, a 10B:C fire extinguisher has twice the firefighting capacity against a flammable liquid and/or electrical fire as a 5B:C extinguisher (Note: "C" class fire extinguishers do not have a numerical rating).

    H3R Performance Class B:C extinguishers are most appropriate for the types of fires likely to occur in an automotive environment.

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    What are the differences between fire extinguisher types?

    H3R Performance offers two types of fire extinguishers: MaxOut™- dry chemical type extinguisher and HalGuard™ (Halotron 1) - clean agent type extinguisher.
    • Feature        
    •          
      Effectiveness on B and C class fires by content weight
    • Damage/ Necessary Clean-up after use
                          
    • Environmental Concerns
    •           Overall Rating and Conclusions
    • Clean Agent Type (Halotron 1)             

    • Good (2.5 lbs achieves a 2B:C rating)         
                        
                        
               
    • None. Leaves no corrosive residue and doesn't damage surface finishes or electrical.                   
    • Low Global Warming Potential, low Ozone Depletion Potential, short Atmospheric Lifetime.
    • Halotron is an effective, environmentally responsible alternative to ozone depleting agents that are no longer produced.
    • Dry Chemical Type
    • Very good (2.5 lbs achieves a 1A:10B:C rating). However, does not have the heat seeking capability of Halotron.
    • Damage to surface finishes and electrical from corrosive powder. Immediate clean up is necessary.
    • No damage to ozone.
    • Dry Chemical extinguishers' inexpensive initial cost, and effectiveness on easy-to-access B and C class fires are somewhat offset by the potential for messy and costly corrosive damage.

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    What are the products sold by H3R Performance that meet the regulations to market, distribute, or sell a fire extinguisher?

    H3R Performance's premium fire extinguisher lines, MaxOut™ and HalGuard™, give consumers protection in case of a vehicle fire. Their products are legal in all 50 states.

    HalGuard™ is a premium "clean agent" extinguisher, and uses a specifically formulated chemical called Halotron 1. HalGuard is 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 extinguisher 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. The product is perfect for protecting classic collector, high performance, tuner, and race cars. Clean agent fire extinguishers are the product of choice for protecting aircraft, computer rooms and other highly sensitive electronic equipment.

    HalGuard™ summary:

    • A size for every need. Place behind your vehicle seat, in your car's glove compartment, garage, etc.
    • Fully rechargeable
    • Attack fire in hard-to-reach areas
    • Do not cause thermal or static shock when discharged
    • Leave no corrosive residue
    • Maintain good user visibility during discharge
    • Comes with aviation brackets for secure mounting to vehicles or walls
    • All metal valve construction
    • Available in 1.4 lb. and 2.5 lb. refillable red or chrome-plated bottles.

    MaxOut™ is a proven dry chemical extinguisher that helps put out fires likely to occur in an automotive environment. Its compact and attractive design makes it easy to carry in a vehicle.

    MaxOut™ summary:

    • A size for every need. Place behind your vehicle seat, in your car's glove compartment, garage, etc.
    • Fully rechargeable
    • Are the industry standard, and very effective
    • Do not cause thermal or static shock when discharged
    • Come with aviation brackets for secure mounting to vehicles or walls
    • All metal valve construction
    • Available in 1.0 lb. and 2.5 lb. refillable red or chrome-plated bottles.

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    What is HalGuard?

    HalGuard is our premium clean agent fire extinguisher line containing Halotron 1. Halotron 1 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.



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