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South Korea makes ‘firevase’ extinguisher

The firevase extinguisher, Photo: Reuters

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.

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