Antifreeze Solutions in Home Fire Sprinkler Systems

Published on March 27, 2012
Fire Protection Research Foundation report: "Antifreeze Solutions in Home Fire Sprinkler Systems - Phase II Interim Report"
Author: Code Consultants, Inc.
Date of issue: August 2010


NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, has included guidance on the use of antifreeze solutions in fire sprinkler systems since the 1940 edition. Recent fire incidents, analysis of available literature, and preliminary testing have identified concerns with the use of certain antifreeze solutions. Under certain conditions, solutions of glycerin and propylene glycol antifreeze have been found to ignite when discharged from automatic sprinkler systems. A literature review, preliminary testing, and a long term research plan were developed as part of Phase I of this project. This Interim Report has been prepared to outline the results of Phase II of the project, which includes further testing of propylene glycol and glycerin antifreeze solutions for a range of concentrations and operating conditions.

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