Fire retardants and your health
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Fire retardants and your health

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Title: Fire retardants and your health (Links to English resource)
Summary: Fire retardants are chemicals used by the Victorian fire agencies to assist in the control of bushfires in Victoria. The retardant contains chemicals that are generally found in a broad range of agricultural fertilisers and it is applied by dropping from fixed wing aircraft or from a helicopter. Chemical retardants are used to contain fires when access by ground crews is difficult or unsafe, or when there will be a delay in crews arriving at the fire. Retardant is purchased from the supplier as a dry powder which is mixed with water, using specially designed equipment, to form a slurry of a similar consistency to tomato sauce.

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Organisation: Victorian Department of Health
Publishing date: February 2021
Last reviewed: November 2021

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