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Just throw it!

  • Published at 04:54 pm April 9th, 2019
Just throw it!
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Two easy to use fire extinguishers to evade any hard to reach fire eruptions

The recent incidents of devastating fire across Dhaka city, fire safety came to the fore of public discourse. While debates go on and solution looks elusive at the face of non-responsibility of authorities, there must be something that people can do to prevent brutal deaths. It’s high time we take the matter of safety to our won hand, at least some of it. 

As far as preventions go, one of the best places to look into is fire extinguishers.  Many buildings now have the conventional fire extinguisher cylinders, but one of the problems with that is that people are not trained on how to use them, even though they are quite uncomplicated to operate. While trainings for using these are essential we also need to look at different options. 

Here are two easy to use fire extinguishers that can be used without prior training. Basically, all you need to do is to just throw them into the fire. 

Fire extinguisher ball

Fire extinguisher balls are self activated extinguisher that auto activates within seconds when the ball touches the flame. The ball contains the powder of mono ammonium phosphate, which is non-toxic. Unlike the extinguisher cylinders, this one does not need ongoing inspection. 

Prices for these extinguishing balls start from Tk5,000. It may sound expensive but it really is a product worth spending on. If it’s used within the duration of its life span of five years, it can be very effective and can save lives. 

After it expires it can be buried it in your garden or dumped in rivers as a fertilizer agent. Fire balls can be placed in any fire prone areas. Besides the generator, inside your car next to the engine, any place with circuit of wires. These are generally very light weighing only 1.3 kg. Because of its spherical shape it can be tossed just like a ball or it can be roll on the ground to any unreachable areas.

Fire balls usually alerts you of fire with an alarm sound of 120 decibels and bursts out in few seconds of activation. The powder used does not harm anyone in case it touches the skin while using. 

Fireball extinguisher by Elide Fire Ball is available in Bangladesh. They can be bought from e-commerce sites such as Daraz, Othoba, Bdstall, Clickbd, etc. 

Firevase

Similar in application to the Fireball, extinguisher in the form of a flower vase also proven to be an effective tool for preventing spread of fire. 

The ‘Firevase’ by Chreil Worldwide started producing this innovative solution as part of a fire safety awareness campaign by its parent company Samsung, the South Korean tech giant. 

The outer chamber of the vase contains potassium carbonate that quickly suppresses the oxygen and cools the surface, once tossed on the fire. The product manufactured under the Samsung Fire and Marine Insurance brand, after its successful campaign has decided to produce more for the campaign itself and soon for the market.

Chreil’s unique product has proved very popular in its native country. As part of the campaign, the company has distributed over 1,00,000 Firevases in South Korea just within September to December 2018. 

In South Korea, over 10,000 residential fires are reported every year. Despite a new law requiring all homes in South Korea to have a fire extinguisher by 2017, research showed that 58 per cent of homes still didn’t have one.