New flame retardant could keep your home from catching fire

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Property loss in Bastrop is a clear reminder to all Texans how quickly a wildfire can burn up entire neighborhoods. Nacogdoches County firefighters want you to know about a product that could actually keep your house from burning. It is called FireIce; it is a jelly like substance that shields out and shuts out fire.

"This would be acting as the trees, the forest, the wood on your home. We are going to get this really nice and red, cherry hot. This is a 2000 degree torch. So you see that's really nice and hot. Starting to disintegrate. You see instantly it's out. Takes seconds. You see this is a 2000 degree torch. You see it's not torching at all. And it won't torch it," says Peter Cordani, FireIce inventor.

Cordani demonstrated his invention for Nacogdoches County Firefighters, by holding a 2000 degree blow torch to a piece of wood dipped in the substance.

Central Heights VFD got them there after seeing how the environmentally, non-toxic product works.

"We wanted to get it on hand. We wanted to get it available to the other volunteer fire departments and the city fire department that were interested in using it because it is a more aggressive way of fighting fires," says Kim Russell, Central Heights Volunteer Fire Department secretary.

Right now homeowners can even apply it.

"Just hook this device to any ordinary pressure cleaner and then you put the wand in this bucket. You want to coat the home, the trees, everything around it," says Cordani.

"If they're surrounded by pine trees, straw and they know that if a fire comes upon them, yes, I encourage them to look at and purchase this product," says Chief Bobby Brashears, with Lilbert Looneyville VFD.

About two containers will cover the average home. Each one runs about $140 and has a 10 year shelf life. Some homeowners go in together to purchase it. The investment is about the average insurance deductible and certainly less than replacing a home.

The Central Heights VFD will be demonstrating and selling FireIce to the public on Sunday from ten to two at the central heights school. A barbeque will also take place.