It’s a vase, and it douses fire!
The nondescript, simple flower vase sitting on your side table is very handy. It’s not just a flower vase but also a fire extinguisher… yes it’s literally a fire vase!
Produced by a Samsung subsidiary called Cheil Worldwide, the vase works using an outer chamber filled with potassium carbonate that quickly cools and suppresses oxygen when the vase is smashed. A smaller inner chamber then holds the water for your flowers, just so you won’t complain.
Appearing to be an ordinary decorative vase made from translucent red glass, the extinguisher is designed to blend into the interior where it can be within easy reach in case of an emergency.
When a fire breaks out, the vase can be smashed to release the potassium carbonate. When the colourless liquid is released it starts a rapid cooling reaction that suppresses oxygen, putting out the fire.
The vase forms part of a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of keeping a fire extinguisher to hand.
In South Korea, over 10,000 residential fires occur every year. Despite a new law that required all homes in South Korea to have a fire extinguisher by 2017, the Seoul-based insurance company’s research showed that 58 per cent of homes still didn’t have one.