Various water additives are available in today’s marketplace that claim to provide advantageous performance characteristics for fire control and vapor mitigation. The goal of this project is to provide a comprehensive evaluation of water additives used for fire control and vapor mitigation, with the intent to
clarify the fire protection benefit of using water with additives for fire suppression versus water without additives. The project objectives to achieve this goal include providing a comprehensive review of the literature, identification of key performance characteristics, review of candidate test agents, and formulation of a detailed test plan that would be implemented in a potential second phase.
The results of this project will be of direct benefit to the considerations of the NFPA Technical Committee responsible for NFPA 18A for requirements relating to water additives for fire control and vapor mitigation.