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.

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