Frequently Asked Questions
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FAQs & Support
- What is gel?
- Gel concentrate, made up primarily of water and super absorbent polymers, transforms water into a fire preventing and heat absorbing gel that will adhere to virtually any surface.
- How does it work?
- Gel creates a blanket of protection that cools and protects objects from heating, charring, and flame impingement. It can also be used to bring fires under control more quickly.
- Is it safe for plants and animals?
- Yes. Thermo-Gel® is U.S. Forest Service approved, non-toxic and UV degradable.*
- What is the shelf life of gel concentrate?
- Thermo-Gel® is guaranteed for 3 years.*
- Are there specific requirements for gel concentrate storage?
- Gel concentrate should be stored above freezing and below 104 degrees, preferably in a place without direct UV exposure. The gel must be kept tightly closed and agitated every three months to ensure the continued use of this firefighting system.
- Can gel concentrate be mixed with salt water?
- How long will protection last?
- Once applied, gel will last several hours depending on conditions. Gel can be rehydrated by applying a light misting of water, extending the protection.
- How much gel concentrate does it take to protect a structure?
- Approximately 5 gallons of gel concentrate and 300 gallons of water will coat a standard 2500 square foot structure.*
- Can gel be used to create a fire break?
- Yes. Make sure all combustible materials such as grass, branches, and foliage are well covered with a wet, milky solution from the firefighting system.
- Can gel be used to extinguish fires?
- Yes. It is very effective in suppressing Class A fires.
- What about liquid combustibles like petroleum or diesel?
- No. Thermo-Gel® is a Class A fire additive and is not designed for Class B pool fires.
- How do I remove gel?
- Gel from the firefighting system may be washed off by over-hydrating with plain water at low pressure.
- When should gel be applied?
- Apply gel in advance of the fire, allowing ample time for safe evacuation.
- Does using gel save water?
- Yes. Gel prevents water runoff and uses 55% less water than foam.
*Specifications and/or recommendations differ by gel manufacturers.