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Why Novacool UEF?

1. Most cost-effective fire suppressant on the market!

2. Extinguishes A, B, and D fires and 3D fires; cools, blankets, and emulsifies surfaces; eliminates possibility of re-ignition

3. Patented “cooling effect” permits fighting fire get in closer to the seat of a fire in much shorter time frames than before.

4. Rescue efforts are greatly enhanced. Structure failure and property damage are decreased, and the ability to minimize pollution is tremendously expanded.

5. Works effectively when mixed with fresh, brackish, or sea water; eliminates run-off and water damage

6. Non-toxic, biodegradable, UL Listed, EPA “Approved”

7. Manufactured entirely in the U.S.A.

How Does Novacool UEF Work?

Novacool UEF is a mixture of anionic, nonionic, and amphoteric surfactants that works in three ways to extinguish a fire. It reduces the surface tension of water to improve the penetrating ability of water; it vastly improves the heat transfer from the fuel into water; and it reduces fuel vapor pressure by emulsifying class B materials at the fuel surface.
Most fire suppressants extinguish a fire by coating it and robbing it of oxygen, which is less than optimal because this allows the fire to potentially re-ignite. Novacool UEF is different. Novacool UEF works by combining with water and reducing water’s surface tension, which allows the water to develop a high surface area relevant to the mass it’s hitting. This high surface area to mass allows for a very rapid and efficient heat transfer from the object to the water. This transfer results in quick extinguishment and rapid cooling. Cooling helps to prevent fire re-ignition.

One gallon of Novacool UEF will treat 250 gallons of water to create an effective foam substance. It is more concentrated than other commonly used firefighting agents, so less is needed to contain and extinguish a fire. This also results in less water use. Novacool UEF is released through a dispensing agent that automatically combines it with water at 0.4%, so it is convenient to use.

Cooling Effect

A principal attraction of the Novacool fire extinguishment products is their patented ability to quickly lower fire site temperature. Novacool products reduce the heat component of fire. Following extinguishment, both structures and fuel sources are cooled to the point where they pose no risk of reignition. With conventional products, however, there remain, even after extinguishment, hot surrounding surfaces and fuels just waiting for an oxygen supply to recombust.
The importance of a cooling effect in fire fighting is immeasurable. With Novacool UEF, fighting fires can get in closer to the seat of a fire in much shorter time frames than before. Rescue efforts are greatly enhanced. Structure failure and property damage are decreased, and the ability to minimize pollution is tremendously expanded. Conventional foam products do not cool beyond the normal effect of the water they contain.

What Kinds of Benefits does Novacool UEF Provide?

• Most cost effective fire suppressant on the market
• Extinguishes A, B, and D fires
• Effectively extinguishes 3D fires, decreasing unsafe firefighting conditions
•“Triple Action” formula cools, blankets, and emulsifies surfaces
• Creates a rapid cooling effect
• Works effectively when mixed with fresh, brackish, or sea water
• Non-corrosive: no adverse effects on tanks, pumps, valves, and portioning equipment
• UL Listed
• Quick extinguishing ability and strength of Novacool minimizes water damage
• Coating and cooling effects minimize fire re-ignition
• Proportioning equipment minimizes fire department prep time.
• Quicker extinguishment equals less fire and smoke damage overall
• Non-toxic and biodegradable
• No EPA or DOT reportable ingredients; exceeds EPA guidelines
• Does not contain any nonylphenolexthoxylates (NPE’s) or glycol ethers
• Reduced runoff and water damage

How is Novacool UEF better for the Environment?

Most currently used fire suppressants (specifically AFFFs) contain fluorochemical surfactants, Perfluorooctyl sulfates (PFOS), and Perfluorooctylbetaines that can oxidize to Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). PFOA and PFOS do not degrade, which often leads to contamination of groundwater supplies and failure of wastewater treatment systems. These fluorosurfactants are persistent in the environment, and testing has shown them to be bioaccumulative. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been investigating these aqueous, film-forming compounds because of their environmental buildup and damage to our valuable resources.
Novacool UEF does not contain PFOA or PFOS, NPEs, or glycol ethers. Novacool was tested by CH2M Hill in Corvallis, Oregon for aquatic toxicity and biodegradability and was shown not to cause toxic buildup or pollute groundwater. Novacool exceeds EPA guidelines and provides an environmentally responsible alternative to harsh extinguishers that pollute valuable resources in our environment.

Because Novacool UEF is powerful yet environment-friendly, it assists in water preservation and helps prevent water pollution. With Novacool, fewer chemicals are used and less water is used, which also results in less erosive runoff and less water damage to property. Makers of Novacool want to assist firefighters and average citizens in helping to protect water, land, and other precious resources while extinguishing fires quickly and effectively.

MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET 02/06/2006  Rev. 1.5
1. GENERAL

Product identity: Baum’s Novacool UEF
Product application: Firefighting foam concentrate at 0.4%
Hazard ratings: Health _1_
Flammability _0_
Reactivity _0_
Personal protection _A_
Manufacturer: Baum’s Castorine Co., Inc.
200 Matthew Street
Rome, New York 13440
USA
800-825-8154

2. HAZARDOUS INGREDIENTS / IDENTITY INFORMATION 

Hazardous components OSHA PEL ACGIH TLY Other limits % (optional)
recommended
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The product contains no hazardous components as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Hazard Communication Standard 29CFR 1910.1000 and 29CFR 1910.1200
Reportable Quantity (RQ)
EPA Regulation 40 CFR 3029CERCLA (Section 102): No RQ for this product.
Threshold Planning Quantity (TPQ)
EPA Regulation 40 CFR 355 (SARA Sections 301-304): No TPQ for this product.
Toxic Chemical Release Reporting
EPA Regulation CFR 372 (SARA Section 313): NONE.
Hazard Chemical Reporting
EPA Regulation 40 CFR 370 (SARA Sections 311-312): Not applicable.

3. PRODUCT DESCRIPTION / COMPOSITION

Novacool UEF is a blend of organic surfactants being anionic, nonionic and amphoteric surfactants.

4. PHYSICAL & CHEMICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Boiling point: 212°F, 100°C
Freezing point: 30°F, -1°C
pH range: 6.75 – 7.80
Typical pH: 7.10
Specific gravity range: 1.020 – 1.050
Typical specific gravity: 1.036
Percent, volatile by
Volume (%): Water 62.5
Vapour pressure: Not available
Vapour density: Not available
Evaporation rate: Equal to water
Solubility in water: Complete
Refractive index of
concentrate: 31.0 – 34.0° Brix
Biodegradability: Fully
Toxicity: Non-toxic in use solution when applied in accordance with accepted firefighting
procedure
Fluorocarbons: NONE
Shelf life: 10 years
Appearance & odor: Light yellow liquid, faintly aromatic

5. REACTIVITY DATA

Stability: Stable
Incompatibility
(materials to avoid): Strong oxidizers and acids
Hazardous polymer-
ization: Will not occur
Conditions to avoid: None known

6. HAZARD DATA

FIRE & EXPLOSION HAZARD
Flash point (method
used): None
Flammable limits : Not applicable
Extinguishing media : Not applicable
Special firefighting
procedures : Not applicable
Unusual fire &
explosion hazards : None
HEALTH HAZARDS (acute and chronic)
Inhalation toxicity : Vapor may cause irritation
Skin irritation : Prolonged contact may cause irritation. No irritation anticipated from acute exposure.
Eye irritation : Alcohol Ether Sulfate 35%, causes mild to moderate eye irritation.
No permanent damage anticipated from acute exposure.
Sensitizer : No.
Dot Corrosive : No.
Ingestion : Ingestion of concentrate will cause gasto intestinal irritation. No effects of exposure when product is used at normal dilution of 2 parts Novacool UEF to 500 parts water.
CARCINOGENICITY
NTP : No.
IARC Monographs : No.
OSHA Regulated : No.
Signs and symptoms
of exposure : Redness and irritation to eyes if washout precautions are not taken.
MEDICAL CONDITIONS
Generally aggravated
by exposure : None known.
EMERGENCY FIRST AID PROCEDURES
Inhalation : Remove to fresh air.
Skin : For all foreign materials, wash after exposure.
Eyes : Immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes.
Call a physician.
Ingestion : Give patient plenty of water, two (2) glasses. Call a physician or poison control center Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. Do not induce vomiting unless directed by a physician.

7. PRECAUTIONS FOR SAFE HANDLING AND USE 

Steps to be taken in case material is released or spilled:
Absorb with earth, sand or similar inert material and dispose of with solid wastes according to federal, state and local regulations. Flush spill area with water. Product is biodegradable and non-hazardous
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Waste disposal method:
Dispose of with liquid waste according to federal, state and local regulations.
Precautions to be taken in handling and storing:
Transportation data domestic – DOT Shipping name : Not regulated
DOT Hazard class – Hazardous ingredients : None
UN Number : None
Other precautions:
Transportation data export – Export shipping name : Not regulated
Export Hazard class – Hazardous ingredients : None
UN Number : None

8. CONTROL MEASURES

Respiratory protection : Not required
Ventilation local exhaust : Not required
Mechanical (general) : Not required
Protective gloves : Not required
Eye protection : Chemical goggles
Other protective clothing
or equipment : None required
Work/hygenic practices : For all foreign materials, wash after exposure

9. TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION 

AQUATIC TOXICTY
LC50
Concentrate (100%) = 50 mg/l
Use solution (0.4%) = 12500 mg/l
MAMMALIAN TOXICITY
LC50 > 50 gr/kg (for more information see our Technical Data Guide)
CHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND (COD)
Chemical Oxygen Demand = 2740 mg/l

BIOCHEMICAL OXYGEN DEMAND (BOD)
% of total product biodegradation
at 5 days 1188 mg/l 43.36%
at 10 days 2042 mg/l 74.53%
at 20 days 2628 mg/l 95.91%
(for more information see our Technical Guide)
CORROSIVITY
Material Elapsed time immersion Extrapolated total yearly loss in MPY
in concentrate without
biodegradability
Aluminum 2024-T3 744 hours (>31 days) 0.54 (0.00762 mmpy)
Steel AISI-4130 744 hours (>31 days) 1.18 (0.02997 mmpy)
Yellow Brass 65CU-35ZN 744 hours (>31 days) 0.87 (0.02209 mmpy)