A Biloxi man used a propane torch to put a fire retardant product to the ultimate test Tuesday.
Lewis Jermyn staged a very visible demonstration at a parking lot in Woolmarket.
"I'm going to light the newspapers. I'm going to light the two with the "No Burn" product on them first to get them going. Then I'm going to light the untreated structure," said Jermyn, as he prepared his elaborate "show and tell".
Biloxi firefighters watched him torch a trio of wooden dog houses.
Jermyn sells a line of fire retardant products called "No Burn".
"It does its job. It prevents the wood from being able to actually catch on fire," he said.
Just minutes after applying the torch, the untreated dog house becomes a blazing inferno. The difference in damage was obvious. The bigger benefit involves personal safety.
"I know it can save lives. Save structures. Save people's precious items in their house. But the main thing is saving lives," Jermyn explained.
"No Burn plus paint did its job and did not allow that structure to catch on fire from the radiant heat of the other structure," said the business owner.
The dog house display was followed by a mock living room. Two easy chairs are set on fire. In a matter of moments, the untreated section is, in the language of firefighters, "fully involved".
"It was pretty impressive. I was glad the way it deterred the fire from spreading and slowed it down as much as it did," said Biloxi firefighter Larry Sovell.
Lewis Jermyn has a personal connection to the product he promotes. As a young boy, his father was badly burned in a chicken house fire. He's convinced this product can help prevent similar tragedy.
"It gives the home owners plenty of time to react to the fire. And gives the fire department plenty of time to respond to the fire," said Jermyn.
Those benefits certainly seemed to impress his audience of firefighters.
For more information about the "No Burn" products, you can visit the company's web site at www.noburn.com