- 1 Elide Fire Multi-Purpose Self-Activating Fire Extinguisher Balls
- 2 Fire Extinguisher Ball Auto Fire Off (AFO)
- 3 Accessories for fire safety at home
- 4 Fire safety at home
- 5 The history of fire suppression balls
- 6 Recommendation
If there’s a fire at home, are you prepared to put it out? What if it were as easy as tossing a ball into the flames? With these self-activating fire suppression balls, you don’t need to manage a heavy fire extinguisher or make sure you have the right kind for each type of fire.
Even better, you can mount them where they’re most likely to be needed. If a fire arises, the balls will warn you and then explode to douse the flames. Let’s take a closer look at this cool technology to see why it’s been selling so fast online.
Elide Fire Multi-Purpose Self-Activating Fire Extinguisher Balls
Elide Fire’s Multi-Purpose Self-Activating Fire Extinguisher Balls (say that fives times fast) are an excellent invention in many ways. Check these specifications:
- They weigh only 2.87 pounds and are just a little bigger than a softball so people of many ages and abilities can manage them
- No special training is needed to use them to put out a fire
- The balls can self-activate and extinguish a fire without human intervention
- When they activate, they emit a loud warning siren
- They come with a 5-year warranty and don’t need audits
- The non-toxic powder inside them can handle A, B, C and E-type fires (that’s solid material like wood, flammable liquids, combustible gases, and electrical fires)
That all sounds pretty good! So how do these fire suppression balls work?
Elide Fire is keeping the precise details close to their chests, but it appears that the balls use a pyrotechnic formula that’s sensitive to heat. If flames reach an Elide Fire Extinguisher Ball, they burst open within 3 to 10 seconds. The powder inside sprays out over 360-degrees so they douse the fire in every direction.
If you choose to install the balls as self-activating fire extinguishers, they recommend three things. One, place them where there might be Class B fires, or those from flammable liquids like oils (think kitchens). Two, suspend them above where the fire might start (because fire usually burns upward and heat rises). And three, make sure that the arrow printed on the ball is pointing upwards.
A couple of other things you might like to know follow here. These self-activating fire balls need a temperature of at least 185 F or 85 C to burst open. And if you’re in a place where there’s alkaline material burning, don’t count on these extinguishers to put it out. They won’t work on fires that don’t need air to burn.
Want to see an Elide Fire Ball in action? Check out this video of firefighters putting a bunch of them to the test.
As much as we’d love to take one of these balls apart to see what’s inside, we didn’t get a chance to do that. But you can watch a video here to see the inner workings of similar fire extinguisher balls.
Elide Fire’s not the only brand on the market right now. There’s actually some pretty fierce competition. Next up is our review of another company’s self-activating fire extinguishing balls.
Fire Extinguisher Ball Auto Fire Off (AFO)
There are also AFO “Auto Fire Off” (or “Auto Fire Out”) balls that are quite similar to Elide Fire’s design. There are just a few minor differences.
- Instead of self-activating at 185 F, they are a little more sensitive and react to 158 degrees F
- Their alarm is louder—138 dB compared to Elide Fire’s 120 dB
- Their anticipated lifetime is three years in a cold environment but five years in a tropical climate
There’s some animosity out there towards the AFO fire extinguishing balls because it’s claimed they are a copy of the Elide balls. That appears to be true. They are a relatively new product online currently without a lot of reviews, although that’s bound to change in time.
Accessories for fire safety at home
Besides the suppression balls, there are other easy-to-use fire safety products that you can have at home. For example, these little extinguishers are very handy to have in the kitchen. It’s surprising how many home fires start right in that part of the house.
Fire Gone 2NBFG2704 White/Red Fire Extinguisher
For about the cost of two lunches at a fast food restaurant you can buy a pack of Fire Gone White/Red Fire Extinguishers. They’re filled with foam that puts out burning liquids like gasoline and oil as well as solids like drapes, wood, and paper. Put one in the kitchen and one in the garage or basement. Or buy more and put one in each room.
They have a safety tab that prevents small children from accidentally spraying them. Pull off the tab and you can put out a fire one-handed. The expiration date printed on the container will show you when to replace them with new cans.
Kidde KL-2S Two-Story Fire Escape Ladder with Anti-Slip Rungs
In our opinion, every home with more than one floor needs these escape ladders. While they might be a temptation for teens to sneak out at night, they also save lives. Instead of waiting trapped and panicked in an upper story room, a person can simply climb down to safety.
Besides saving lives, the Kidde ladders prevent injuries. If the fire is closing in, many people panic and jump, breaking legs or worse in the process. Kidde makes the two-story escape ladder strong enough to support 1000 pounds. It has non-slip rungs and secures to just about any window opening. It comes with a 5-year warranty.
Again, for such a small price, every home with an upper level should have these available in each room. Even better, practice with all these fire safety tools so everyone in the family knows what to do.
Fire safety at home
Fire claimed the lives of 2,650 Americans in 2015, according to the National Fire Protection Association. A large percentage of home fires start in the kitchen, and mostly because equipment was left unattended.
You might think it won’t happen to you, but it could. An urgent distraction could take you away from the bacon, then breakfast becomes a real disaster. Just imagine how things could be different if every home mounted self-activating fire suppression balls in their kitchens. They’re less messy to clean up than dealing with the aftermath of everything ruined by sprinklers.
Sit down with the other people in your home. Go over a few basic points of fire safety and make a plan. Hopefully you’ll never need it.
- Do you have fire suppression equipment where it’s accessible? Is it expired or still viable?
- Do people at home know how to use it?
- Do you have smoke detectors installed in halls and bedrooms at least? Are they working?
- Do you have your electrical equipment plugged in appropriately without dangerous use of extension cords and the like?
- What is your escape plan should there be a fire in the home?
- Practice the stop, drop, and roll exercise. Practice using safety ladders and fire suppression equipment.
Trust us, you want to be the success story, telling others how you managed the fire and got out safely. It’s got a happy ending.
The history of fire suppression balls
Although the fire fighting balls from Elide Fire and AFO are new on the market, their concept is probably based on a design from the 1800s. Back then, there existed glass fire grenades or fire extinguishing glass balls.
The glass balls or grenades at that time were filled with a liquid instead of a powder like the balls are now. Some kinds were for active fire suppression and could be thrown into the flames. Others were self-activating. Instead of pyrotechnic explosives, the glass balls had a spring-loaded trigger held in place by a link that melted in high heat. The trigger shattered the ball to release the liquid. Unfortunately, toxic materials like carbon tetrachloride were used in the glass fire balls, unlike the nontoxic materials in the fire extinguishing balls of today.
There are times where you can’t beat a canister fire extinguisher. They give a level of control and precision that’s not possible with a fire suppression ball. Plus, you may have to use multiple balls to put out a larger fire.
On the other hand, self-activating fire extinguishing balls are ideal for certain situations. If you have children, elderly persons, or disabled persons who might need to take care of a fire on their own, these balls are ideal. They are lightweight and can be tossed or rolled into flames to put them out.
Even better, the fire suppression balls don’t need a human present in order to extinguish a fire. They can sense high heat and flames and trigger the release of suppression powder on their own. Plus, they put out a warning sound to wake up people nearby.
If you want a 24/7 ready response to fire in your home, we recommend purchasing these balls. Mount them in your kitchen and put them within reach of the people you love.