Crown Paints’ Survey Helps Meet The Demands of Fire Safety Compliance
Published by Jo Foster for Crown Trade in Housing and also in Communities, Health
Crown Trade Timonox
Crown Trade Timonox flame retardant paints help specifiers meet their duty of care responsibilities under current fire safety compliance legislation.
The coatings are chosen by property professionals across the UK for their ability to reduce the risk of fire spread on walls and ceilings, where multiple layers of conventional paint can create a flammable surface if they have built-up over many years.
Vernon Kinrade, Specification Sector Support Manager, said: “Under current fire regulations, owners of all buildings other than single occupancy private dwellings have a duty of care to achieve and maintain conditions in buildings that reduce the risk of injury, risk to life and damage to property.
“The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (England and Wales) and the Fire (Scotland) Act require the identification of a responsible person – such as an owner, property manager or an employee – who has a duty of care to ensure that a fire risk assessment of the building as a whole is undertaken.
“Paints – even water based products – contain resins or binders which may be flammable. Although a single coat of emulsion on a bare plasterboard surface is unlikely to form a hazard, over many years a build up of multiple layers of conventional paint over any surface can become a significant fire risk, particularly in corridors, stairwells and other areas forming part of a fire escape route.
“This is a serious concern for both private and public sector organisations which have a duty of care to minimise fire risk and guard against potential loss of life, injury and property damage.”
Applied on the walls and ceilings of corridors, stairwells and other communal areas that form part of a circulation area or fire escape routes, Timonox can help provide additional time for a building to be safely evacuated.
The coatings work by limiting the oxygen around the flames through the release of non-combustible gases, and by using a formulation that provides a barrier to the flammable paint layers beneath.
Crown Paints offers a free site survey programme, to ensure specifiers looking for the facts about flame retardant paints get the right advice on the subject.
Mr Kinrade added: “As part of the site survey process, depending on the project, our specialists will make an assessment of the age and condition of the existing painted surfaces and can take a flake of the existing paint away for analysis, as this will show what coating system needs to be applied to offer the optimum protection.
“These individual surveys ascertain the precise condition of surfaces to be painted.
“Ultimately, this means the site survey prevents over or under-specification and ensures that the very best, tailored solution can be recommended.
“For example, we often find for 80 per cent of projects where Timonox is specified, only two coats of the product are needed. This makes optimal use of budgets for our clients.
“We can also establish that there is often no need for the client to undertake the costly removal of existing coatings.”
Find out more about Crown Paints’ specification service by contacting email@example.com
Crown Trade’s latest video, ‘The Right Paint For The Job,’ includes footage of a burn test, which compares Timonox against conventional paint. http://www.youtube.com/crowntradetv
Press release written byJane Shepherd, Shepherd PR Limited, 01538 308685 mobile 07985 129315