Appearing to be a simple flower vase made from translucent red glass for decorative purpose, this is actually a fire extinguisher designed by subsidiaries of the Samsung corporation to merge into the interior where it can be within easy reach in case of an emergency.
Potassium carbonate is placed in a sealed outer chamber where it seems like water. And, the separate inner opening is created just like an ordinary vase to hold flowers. When a fire breaks out, you just need to smash the vase to release the potassium carbonate stored inside it. Once, this colour liquid is released, it starts a quick cooling reaction that suppresses oxygen, and thus helps in putting out the fire.
According to a report, more than 10,000 residential fires occur every year in South Korea. Therefore, the law was passed that every home in South Korea must have a fire extinguisher. However, a research conducted by Seoul-based insurance company says that 58%of homes still didn’t have one.
The Firevase was distributed to 100,000 households in traditional Korean villages, markets and other fire-prone areas between September and December 2018. Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance is planning to produce more of this product.
The company logo on this vase forms a part of a campaign to raise awareness of the necessity to keep a fire extinguisher accessible. Just because of the campaign and a video featuring a celebrity putting out a fire, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance confirmed that around 81 per cent people said that they were now more aware of the importance of having a fire extinguisher at home.