Before you can know what is inside a fire extinguisher ball, you must know what a fire extinguisher ball is and how it works. In this article, we will discuss what a fire extinguisher ball is, what is inside a fire extinguisher ball, and also more information on how to make a DIY fire extinguisher ball.
What Are Fire Extinguishing Balls?
Once upon a time in the 19th century, glass balls were widely used to fight fires. It contained fire suppressant liquids. But now in this modern century, this design eventually fell out of fashion. Today, fire extinguishing balls are more widely used than glass balls.
A fire extinguisher ball is constructed with foam and has a casing wrapped in PVC. These materials quickly react to flames and heat. As a result, the triggers which are embedded respond and the dry chemical fire suppressant locked inside is dispersed. A fire extinguisher ball must be thrown into the flames to actively fight a fire.
When it comes into contact with the fire, it will activate and spread a dry-powdered extinguishing agent and extinguish the fire. Mono ammonium phosphate is a dry chemical powder that is commonly used as a non-toxic alternative. It can extinguish Class A, B, or C fires. It is silently effective without human intervention.
- Class A: solid materials which include wood or paper, fabric, and some plastics
- Class B: liquids or gas which includes alcohol, ether, gasoline, or grease
- Class C: electrical fires from faulty appliances, electronic equipment, and wiring
What Is Inside?
The fire extinguisher ball’s active material is 94% monoammonium phosphate (MAP), it is a dry chemical powder, and the highest % of MAP is found inside. This higher MAP % and minimum melting temperatures are very effective against small fires.
The fireball can extinguish 5 classes of fire including fat and electrical fires. This environmentally friendly fire extinguishing device is safe for humans, animals, and the planet.
How Does The Fire Ball Work?
A fire extinguisher ball is a piece of protective equipment that ensures safety and protects you, your family, and your property from a deadly and dangerous fire before it becomes uncontrollable. It is an affordable solution for a small fire in virtually any situation.
The Fire Suppression Ball has un-attended and full use of the self-activating features. Put this Fire Suppression Ball within proximity to any places, spots, or areas which has a risk of significant fire. It will be a protector against a small fire.
Different types and models of the fireball that are available in the market can function in slightly different ways but the basic idea of a fireball’s functionality is the same.
A trigger strip or activation is embedded into the ball’s outer casing that contains the dry fire extinguishing agent. When the trigger or activator is in contact with the flame for more than 3 – 6 seconds, it will burst and disperse a cloud of chemical powder quickly that extinguishes the fire.
A fire extinguishing ball has a siren to warn people as well as it can usually extinguish flames with a radius ranging between 4 and 5 meters away.
In the below YouTube Tutorial, the AFO Fire Ball is reviewed:
Benefits of Fire-Extinguishing Balls
Fire extinguishing balls are often used in conjunction with traditional fire extinguishers to provide additional protection and coverage at homes and offices.
This type of fire extinguishing device will typically offer about five years of dependable coverage before requiring replacement, as well as it is maintenance-free. On the other hand, a traditional fire extinguisher is costly to maintain.
A fire extinguisher ball is effective in an active manner. It needs to be thrown into the flames or mounted on a place where there is a risk of fire. It is flexible and very easy to use. This fireball is a wise choice for family homes.
- It is very easy to use, just throw to the fire from a safe distance.
- It will automatically activate if contact is made with the flames. That means it will protect your home or office from a small fire when you are not present at home.
- Fire Extinguisher ball is non-toxic and harmless to humans and animals.
- Multiple fire extinguishing balls help control the spread of fire and they can extinguish a large fire.
- Fire extinguisher ball is usually made of mono ammonium phosphate that can also be used as garden fertilizer when mixed with water when its date has expired.
It is Safe to Use
The fireball is made from high-quality material and is very lightweight. It is not harmful to humans, animals, and property. It only extinguishes the flames. It’s called a watchman of fire.
DIY Fire Extinguisher Ball
Fire experts and fire engineers, use science and engineering to develop technology and to protect people and their houses from the dangerous effect of fire. The DIY fire extinguisher ball is one of them. It is a homemade fire extinguisher ball. It is very easy to make and it effectively controls small fires.
How to Make a Homemade DIY Fire Extinguisher Ball?
You need a glass teapot, baking soda, and white vinegar. Glass teapot allows you to see what happens inside.
First, take your teapot and add 2 tables spoon of baking soda then add 100ml white vinegar and quickly cover the teapot. See the bubbling, it just made carbon dioxide gas, it is invisible but it’s there.
Now, wait for a few seconds for the bubbles to disperse. Your DIY fire extinguisher ball is ready to use. You can do this experiment at home with a candle. Light the candle, when the bubble has stopped you can put the gas to the candle and can see the magic. It will extinguish the fire.
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