A South Korean agency has developed an innovative “firevase” which contains liquid potassium carbonate, which can block oxygen, effectively suppressing a fire.
The vase is developed containing 770ml of the liquid which is released to put out the fire as the vase shatters when hurled at a blaze.
The vase itself is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to reduce the danger of the fragments causing harm; it can also be used for a small bunch of flowers.
The Creative Director said Hwang Seong-phil “At the early stage of fire-fighting, is equivalent to one fire engine,”
“People don’t remember where they put the fire extinguisher during an outbreak so we came up with the idea of making a fire extinguisher which people can always keep handy in the home.”
According to the National Fire Agency, 60% of fire fatalities in South Korea in the decade to 2017 occurred in homes, which led to about 2,000 deaths in total.
Though it is mandatory to have a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector installed in homes, the agency reported that only 49% of residents actually own an extinguisher.