Forget Fire Extinguishers, This Ball Is All You Need
This startup wants to rid us of fires by replacing extinguishers with something less bulky
Fire extinguishers have played a massive role in saving lives and reducing widespread fires since they were first invented nearly 200 years ago. As an ‘active fire protection device,’ the pressurized cylinders which decorate most buildings let’s those in immediate danger determine their own fate while help is still on the way. That said, with little instruction ever given on how to use an extinguisher, its easy to make mistakes such as spewing the chemical compounds directly into the flames instead of sweeping it across the burning area, especially during scary and unpredictable instances. It’s for this that German startup Elide came to fruition, offering “the simplest and fastest way to extinguish fire.” With its patented Elide Fire Ball, a device compact enough to be thrown (not carried and squeezed) by all, the simplicity and intuitiveness of the piece means fires can be doused with ease.
The 1.5kg ball doesn’t requires any instructions, simply throw it at the flames and watch them disappear. The best part is that the Fire Ball won’t randomly burst on its own, (even when thrown with force) as it only activates at certain temperature levels.
In addition to being an extinguisher, it also doubles as a fire alarm, emitting a loud noise of slightly less than 140 dB when it senses a fire. The site recommends installing the mount near higher risk areas such as kitchens, electrical circuit breakers, overloaded outlets or fireplaces, wherein a passive-use, self-activated mount can autonomously spring the ball into action should no one be present to do it themselves.
Good product designers know that simplicity and functionality are the cornerstones of a successful product, especially when people’s lives are on the line. If nothing else, the Elide Fire Ball proves that we shouldn’t take anything for granted, and even something as effective as a fire extinguisher can be improved upon. With this device, hopefully less firefighters will be rushing to the scene.