When a fire broke out at the manufacturing facility of a
metal finishing company in Houston, Texas, the company sustained
moderate damage as a result. According to a fire department
official, however, the outcome could have been much worse.
Had it not been for the fact that two years prior the company
replaced the metal panels on the sides and roof of their building
with Phase-2 PVC building panels, the company would have lost most of
its production facility.
According to the fire department official, since Phase-2 PVC
is classified as a Factory Mutual Approved non-combustible material
with a low flame-spread rating of 12, the fire was not given
the opportunity to spread by way of surface burning and was confined
to the corner of the building where it originated. The accumulated
heat of the fire caused the panels to melt out on the sides and
roof of the building,ventilating the fire. If the building panels
had been metal, the fire would have burned much hotter, creating
much more heat, and would have spread to the entire production
facility and the company's office area, destroying all of the
company's records and files.
As a result of using Phase-2 PVC panels and some swift help
from the fire department, production was able to resume within
24 hours after the fire. The company has since replaced all the
damaged material with Phase-2 PVC building panels.
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