How and where was FireGuardVent tested?
FireGuardVent was tested according to the Draft California State Fire Marshal
Interim Test Method for Evaluation the Ability of Vents to Resist Entry of Embers
and Flame Impingement. FireGuardVent passed the test performed by Western
Fire Inc., a California state approved lab.
How does the vent work?
FireGuardVent is of a simple, sturdy design. The damper is held open by a
fusible link, as shown in the picture below.
When sufficiently heated, (165 F) the damper closes, thus preventing ember
and flame intrusion.
This vent can be closed/activated manually.
For final installation, a louvered screen is installed over the vent opening. An 18
x 14 mesh is also located on the back side of the vent.
For stucco installation a frame of J- bead is available, or can be manufactured
by the installer.
Can the vent be closed manually?
If the need should arise, the homeowner can manually close the vent.
FireGuardVent is designed to close on its own, however, lets say that
evacuation orders are given because of an approaching fire. Gather your
valuables and leave. If you have enough time, and only if you have enough time,
you could pull the pins (pictured below) and close the vents manually.
Can FireGuardVent be reused/reset?
Yes, if not damaged, the vent could be reset.
How many vents do I need?
In order to determine the amount of vents needed, you must know the minimum
ventilation area for your structure. Here is a sample calculation for a 40 X 40 foot
- Area= 40 X 40 = 1600 square feet.
- Net Free Area needed for this attic=1600 divided by 150 = 10.7 square feet.
- 10.7 X 144 = 1540 square inches.
- Split the area between intake and exhaust 1540 divided by 2 = 770 square
- Calculate the amount of vents needed by dividing 770 square inches with
the net free area of the vents. If using the FGV 6 X 16 with net free of 40
square inches, divide 770 by 40 = 19.25. You will need 20 vents to handle
the intake portion of venting. For the exhaust, you could use ridge or some
other vents that will handle the other half of the venting requirement.
Consult your building official for local codes.
Where can I buy FireGuardVents?
Vents are available now directly from the manufacturer. They will soon be
available at retail hardware stores and building supply stores.
How much do these vents cost?
FireGuardVents are competitively priced. When taking into account the total cost
per structure, the potential to reuse the units, the net free venting area and
manual closing option, FGV is the best fire resistant vent on the market. When
calculating the venting area needed, you will discover that by using FGV you may
end up needing far less vents to achieve the same amount of venting than with
some other products. This means saving on materials and labor.
4" X 16" $35.00
6" X 16" $45.00
8" X 16" $55.00
More Questions? Please contact us.
Accepted for use by the California State Fire Marshal
Made in the USA!
|FireGuardVent is a patented product of Vivico LLC, Santa Rosa CA.