FAQ’s for Home, Property, and Community Wildfire Protection Systems


  • Will the fire retardant stain my house or deck?
  • The retardant has a slight tint when it is dispersed, but it does not stain painted or treated wood. You should not allow it to bake in the sun and should remove it after the wildfire danger has ended.

  • How long will the fire retardant protect my property?
  • The retardant maintains its protective coating until it is washed off by rain or a water hose.

  • Will the fire retardant harm my landscaping?
  • The retardant is fertilizer based.  It can actually promote plant growth.

  • Does the fire retardant go bad after time?
  • The retardant can last for years in storage.  However, we test it yearly as part of a long-term maintenance program and recommend replacing it when necessary.

  • Is the Firebreak Protection System designed for indoor fire suppression?
  • No. Firebreak is a spraying system designed to adequately deliver wildfire retardant for exterior structures and perimeter property protection.

  • Is the Firebreak Protection System designed to put out a house fire?
  • No. Phos-Chek, Firebreak’s long-term fire retardant, is designed to prevent your perimeter and house exterior from catching fire from an approaching widlfire or brush fire.  However, water is the carrier of the retardant and can act as a suppression agent.

  • Do I actually fight the wildfire with the Firebreak system?
  • Any time you feel threatened by an approaching wildfire, you should activate the system and begin evacuation.

  • Is it expensive to recharge the Firebreak system after use?
  • There will be a service charge plus any work done or retardant replaced.

  • Will my insurance company give me any special consideration for installing a Firebreak Protection System?
  • Although most insurance companies do not reduce your insurance premium if you have a wildfire protection system in place, some will only write insurance policies in high-fire risk areas for those that are equipped with adequate protection. However, Firebreak is currently working with some carriers that give partial discounts for policies meeting certain criteria.

  • Who will activate my Firebreak system if I’m not home?
  • The optional phone system can be activated from a remote site. The phone system is designed so that you can simply dial the phone that is connected to the Firebreak Protection System and enter your personal code to activate the spray system.

  • What if the fire knocks out the power or water source?
  • The Firebreak system is self-contained, powered by compressed nitrogen and does not require any electricity or running water to operate.

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