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Barricade fire gel earns EPA “Champion” award

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Barricade Fire Gel has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for demonstrating the use of safer surfactants and for documenting a strategy for ensuring that only safer surfactants are used.

Barricade is the only fire gel to receive a “Champion” designation from the EPA as part of its Safer Detergents Stewardship Initiative. The company will receive its award at a ceremony Nov. 19 in Washington. Champion is the highest level of recognition offered under SDSI.

Surfactants are chemicals that stabilize mixtures of oil and water. Barricade is the only gel on the market free of nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), which scientific studies have shown can have long-term effects on fresh- and salt-water fish. “Safer surfactants …break down quickly to non-polluting compounds and help protect aquatic life in both fresh and salt water,” says the EPA.

“This award is important because it demonstrates that a fire protection gel can be both effective and environmentally friendly at the same time,” said John Bartlett, president of Barricade Fire Gel, based in Hobe Sound, Fla. Barricade has been widely recognized for its effectiveness in protecting structures and wildland from surrounding forest fires. It is used by fire departments in areas susceptible to wildfires and is available for individual homeowners in retail markets.

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