FireIce MDU FAQ
1. What is FireIce®?
FireIce® is a state-of the art water-enhancing fire suppressant and medium term retardant that is currently being utilized by firefighters, first responders, and military personnel both domestically and internationally.
2. What is the FireIce® Mobile Defense Unit (MDU)?
The FireIce® Mobile Defense Unit turns an ordinary pressure cleaner into a powerful weapon for homeowners and others to protect their property in front of an advancing fire.
During a time of crisis, fire departments do not have the resources to protect every home. The Mobile Defense Unit allows homeowners and others the opportunity to take action and protect their property.
3. How Does the FireIce® MDU work?
Our patent pending FireIce® MDU was engineered with the homeowner in mind for ease of use and portability. The Patent Pending Eductor System produces an in-line mixture of water and FireIce® for quick application and is designed to work with most pressure washers.
4. Is the FireIce® MDU easy to operate?
Yes. It is as simple as following the written and video instructions carefully. Please note that two people are required to properly operate the FireIce MDU.
5. What is the FireIce® MDU meant to protect?
The FireIce® MDU is designed to protect property, ranging from homes and landscaping to warehouse inventories.
6. Can the FireIce® MDU be used to fight a fire?
The FireIce® MDU is NOT designed to suppress or extinguish a fire. Fire and firefighting is inherently dangerous, and attempting to do this on your own could result in serious burns, injuries, or death. Only professionally trained personnel should attempt to extinguish a fire.
7. How much time should I allow for the application process?
The process of preparing your home with the FireIce® MDU may take several hours, depending on the size of the home and the materials used to construct your home. If authorities issue a mandatory evacuation order or your home is in imminent danger, it is too late to apply FireIce and you must evacuate immediately.
8. How Much FireIce® do I need to protect my home (coverage area)?
Included with the FireIce® MDU are either two or four buckets of FireIce®. Each bucket will provide 1,250 sq. ft of wall or roof coverage. Additional buckets of FireIce® may be purchased as needed in two-bucket increments.
9. How thick should the FireIce® gel be applied to the home?
Please refer to the FireIce® Instructional Video for recommended coverage guidelines.
10. How long can I expect the FireIce® gel to last?
Depending on the current weather conditions in your area such as wind, relative humidity, sun exposure, your FireIce® treated home will offer you several hours of protection.
11. How much reach do I have with the FireIce® MDU?
The FireIce® MDU has an operating distance of 20 to 25 feet. FireIce gel can be slippery. We do not recommend operating the MDU from a ladder or standing on the roof.
12. How do I protect my home if it is multiple stories?
FireIce® is very slippery and the FireIce® MDU should allow an operating distance of 20 to 25 feet. Always apply reasonable thinking when using the FireIce® MDU. We do not recommend operating the MDU from a ladder or standing on the roof.
13. Will the FireIce® gel stain or damage my home?
No. FireIce® is a clear gel. It easily rinses off easily and will not leave any residue.
14. Will FireIce® gel harm my landscape (tress, grass, foliage)?
No. FireIce® is environmentally friendly and non-toxic.
15. Does FireIce® have a shelf life?
FireIce® in its dry powder state has a shelf life of up to 15 years.
16. After the fire how do I clean-up my home and property?
Once the fire danger has passed and you are clear to re-enter the evacuation zone simply rinse the protective coating from your home, trees, or plants with fresh water. No chemicals are required for clean-up. FireIce® will not deteriorate, stain, or fade any surface of your home where it was applied. FireIce® is environmentally safe and has been tested to the US Forest Service Specification 5100-306A for toxicity.
17. How do I clean the FireIce® MDU?
You can view the cleaning section of the FireIce® MDU DVD for step by step instructions.
18. Is there anything I can do to better protect my home against Wild land fires?
Create a pre-fire plan, survey of your property, and maintain defensible space inside and outside your home. If you don’t know what to do or how to do it then contact your local Fire Department, Fire Safe Council. Most homes that are destroyed in the Wildland Urban Interface do so because the homeowner has not prepared their home in case of a fire threat.
Some useful resources for homeowners in the Wildland Urban Interface are: