BARRICADE® is a revolutionary product,
developed to assist firefighters and property owners to control
and extinguish fires, and to protect exposures from burning.
Utilizing the latest in technology, BARRICADE has been
proven to dramatically improve and forever change the science of
firefighting and exposure protection.
During recent years, the problems encountered
during urban interface fires have made headlines around the world.
Devastating fires have cost lives and caused millions of dollars
worth of damage to homes, businesses, and other structures. The
development of BARRICADE will now enable our communities to
better control these destructive fires and to reduce the
tremendous loss of life and property.
BARRICADE is a liquid concentrate
composed of super absorbent polymers. These super absorbent
polymers can absorb hundreds of times their weight in water.
It is this characteristic that gives BARRICADE it's
tremendous ability in firefighting.
BARRICADE is intended to be used in
diluted form. When the BARRICADE concentrate is
added to water at a rate of 1 to 6%, a unique fire-blocking
gel is produced. The BARRICADE gel, when applied
to a combustible structure or material, provides an insulating
zone between the heat of the fire and the protected surface,
even at temperatures of 3500° Fahrenheit! The thermal
protective ability of BARRICADE is far superior to
anything previously available to suppress fires and to protect
To fully understand the revolutionary properties
of BARRICADE, it helps to examine the protective
gel coating on a microscopic basis. As BARRICADE
and water are sprayed onto an exposed surface, millions of
tiny bubblets© are stacked one on top of
behavior is similar to that of AFFF or Class A foams,
except that BARRICADE bubblets are water filled,
whereas foam bubbles are only air filled. These unique
water filled bubblets dramatically enhance the thermal
protective qualities of BARRICADE over that of
standard foam products. In order for the heat of the
fire to penetrate the protected surface, it must burn off
each layer of the BARRICADE bubblets coating.
Each layer holds the heat away from the next layer of
bubblets beneath. The polymer shell of each bubblets
and their stacking behavior significantly impede water
evaporation. As a result, BARRICADE can
provide thermal protection from fire for extended periods
even at 3500° Fahrenheit.
BARRICADE is specifically
formulated to adhere for long periods to most
horizontal and vertical surfaces, including walls,
roofs, ceilings, overhangs, glass windows,
compressed gas cylinders, railroad tank cars,
motor vehicles, watercraft, aircraft, trees, brush,
shrubs, plants, and grass. BARRICADE will
continue to adhere to protected surfaces even in
high wind conditions.
BARRICADE may be prepared in
the same manner as firefighting foams using standard
foam eductors. It can be applied using
standard hoses and nozzles or master stream devices.
There is no extensive training or special equipment
needed to start using BARRICADE today.
Using BARRICADE with water
represents a dramatic improvement over the use of plain
water alone. For every gallon of plain water that
leaves the nozzle, at least 90% runs off vertical
surfaces due to gravity and plain water's poor ability
to penetrate many fuels. In contrast, BARRICADE
treated water adheres for long periods to vertical
surfaces and greatly reduces water runoff.
When water alone is used to combat
large, hot fires, most of the water pumped through the
master stream device never reaches the seat of the fire.
The water evaporates and turns into steam in the
superheated air above the fire. When BARRICADE is
mixed with water, the evaporation process is
significantly slowed. As a result, more fire
quenching water is able to get through the superheated
air and reach the seat of the fire.
When plain water is used to cool and to
penetrate combustible surfaces, or to extinguish fire
inside a burning structure, latent heat inside the
structure often evaporates water, allowing the
combustible surface to ignite or to re-ignite after
initial extinguishment. It is the unique
characteristics of BARRICADE which reduce water
runoff, slow the evaporation process, and create a
thermal protective gel coating that adheres for long
time periods to vertical surfaces, and dramatically
reduces the chances of a fire rekindling. As a result,
the use of BARRICADE treated water to combat
fires will prove to be much more effective and safer
than using plain water.
BARRICADE® also represents a
significant technological improvement over traditional
foam products. Foaming agents are mixed with air
and water to produce air bubbles in a process known as
aeration. Tests have demonstrated that air bubbles
burst when exposed to temperatures in the range of 170°
In contrast, when BARRICADE is
mixed with water, a hydration, rather than aeration,
process takes place. BARRICADE is made up of tiny
polymers that are similar to dry sponges. During
the hydration process, these polymers soak up water
resulting in millions of tiny drops of water surrounded
by polymer shells. The result is not really a bubble,
because a bubble is air surrounded by liquid, nor
however, is the result a droplet, because a droplet is
simply a small drop of water. Consequently, we
have coined the word "bubblets©",
i.e., a drop of water surrounded by a polymer shell.
OF THE PRODUCT AND THE COMPANY
BARRICADE® FIRE BLOCKING GEL
BARRICADE INTERNATIONAL, INC.
12848 S.E. Suzanne Dr. Hobe Sound, FL 33455
Tel: (772) 546-5364 Fax: (772) 546-0465
ON INGREDIENTSIdentification of the preparation: Anionic
water soluble polymer
Hazardous characteristics (irritation) were observed
only in the product when tested as a whole, not in
IDENTIFICATIONIrritation to eyes and skin.
Spills produce extremely slippery surfaces.
MEASURESInhalation: Move to fresh air.
Skin Contact: Wash off immediately with soap and
plenty of water. In case of persistent skin
irritation, consult a physician.
Eye Contact: Rinse thoroughly with plenty of
water, also under the eyelids. In case of
persistent eye irritation, consult a physician.
Ingestion: The product is not considered toxic
based on studies on laboratory animals.
MEASURESSuitable extinguishing media: water,
water spray, foam, dry powder, carbon dioxide (CO2)
Special fire-fighting precaution: Spills
procedure extremely slippery surfaces.
Protective equipment for firefighters: No special
protective equipment required.
RELEASE MEASUREPersonal precautions: No special
protective equipment required
Environmental precaution: Do not contaminate
Method for cleaning up: Do not flush with
water. Dam up. Soak up with inert absorbent
material. If liquid has been spilled in large quantities
clean up promptly by scoop or vacuum. Keep in suitable
and closed containers for disposal. After cleaning,
flush away traces with water.
STORAGEHandling: Avoid contact with skin and
eyes. When preparing the working solution ensure there
is adequate ventilation. When using, do not smoke.
Storage: Keep in a dry, cool place (0-30°C).
When preparing the working solution ensure there is
adequate ventilation. Freezing will affect the physical
condition and may damage the material.
CONTROLS / PERSONAL PROTECTIONEngineering controls: Use local
exhaust if misting occurs. Natural ventilation is
adequate in absence of mists.
Personal protection equipment
- Respiratory protection: In case of insufficient
ventilation wear suitable respiratory equipment.
- Hand protection: Rubber gloves
- Eye protection: Safety glasses with side
shields. Do not wear contact lenses
- Skin protection: Chemical resistant apron or
protective suit if splashing or contact with solution is
- Hygiene measure: Wash hands before breaks and
immediately after handling the product. Handle in
accordance with good industrial hygiene and safety
Form: viscous liquid
pH: 6-8 @ 5g/l for product series.
Melting point (°C): Not applicable
Flash point (°C): > 100°
Autoignition temperature (°C): >200°C
Vapor pressure (mm Hg): 0.002 @ 20°C
Bulk density: 1500 cps maximum
UL Viscosity: 1-2 cps
Density (weight): 8.78 pounds per gallon
Specific Gravity: 1.054
Stability: Products stable, No hazardous
polymerization will occur.
Materials to avoid: Oxidizing agent may cause
Hazardous decomposition products: Thermal
decomposition may produce: carbon oxides, nitrogen
- Oral: LD50/oral/rat> 5000 mg/kg
- Dermal: The product is not expected to be toxic
in contact with the skin.
- Inhalation: The product is not expected to be
toxic by inhalation.
- Skin: Irritating to skin.
- Eyes: Irritating to eyes.
- Sensitization: The product is not expected to
- Chronic toxicity: Prolonged skin contact may
de-fat the skin and produce dermatitis.
INFORMATIONFish: LC50/Fathead minnows/96h >
Algae: EC50/72h/Phaeodactylum tricornumtum >
Daphnia: LC50/48h/Chaetogrammus marinus = 15 mg/l
Bioaccumulation: The product is not expected to
Persistence / degradability: Biodegradable in
sunlight (40% after 28 days)
BOD: 2700 mg/l
COD: 2265 mg/l
CONSIDERATIONSWaste from residues / unused products: In
accordance with federal, state and local regulations
Contaminated packaging: Rinse empty container
with water. Can be land filled or incinerated,
when in compliance with local regulations.
INFORMATIONNot regulated by DOT
INFORMATIONAll components of this product are on the
TSCA and DSL inventories.
RCRA Status- not a hazardous waste
Hazardous waste number- not applicable
Reportable Quantity (40 CFR 302)- not applicable
Threshold Planing Quantity (40 CFR 335)- not
HMIS and NFPA Ratings- Health (1), Flammability
(1), Reactivity (0)
INFORMATIONPerson to contact: Regulatory Affairs
The information provided in this Safety Data Sheet is
correct to the best of our knowledge, information and
belief at the date of its publication. The
information given is designed only as a guidance for
safe handling, use, processing, storage, transportation,
disposal and release, and is not to be considered a
warranty or quality specification. The information
relates only to the specific material designated and may
not be valid for such material used in combination with
any other materials or in any process unless specified
in the text.