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Halons are fire-fighting agents that were introduced in the early 1970s. They quickly replaced many previously accepted fire-fighting products because of their superior fire-fighting characteristics and ease of use
. The ozone depleting potential of halons is 10 times greater than that of chloroflurocarbons . As such, halons are a very aggressive ozone depleting chemical. One kilogram of halon 1211 can destroy 50 tonnes of ozone.
The ozone layer occurs in the upper atmosphere (the stratosphere) 15-30 km above the surface of the earth, and protects life on earth by absorbing ultra-violet (UV) radiation from the sun. UV radiation is linked to skin cancer, genetic damage and reduced productivity in agricultural crops and the food
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