The Comeback of Fire Extinguishing Balls and their Benefits
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Fire extinguishers play an essential role in the safety systems of both residential and commercial buildings. Deemed to be a reliable line of defense against the spread of flames, they are also placed in vehicles and temporary structures. Learn more about fire extinguisher types. Another type of device designed to fight blazes is the fire extinguishing ball. It has been around for years, but has only recently become popular in both homes and businesses across North America. Its unique design offers numerous benefits.
Fire Extinguishing Balls?
The fire extinguishing balls available today are not made of glass, but typically constructed with a foam casing wrapped in PVC. These products react to heat and flames quickly, causing the triggers embedded in the unit to respond and disperse the dry chemical fire suppressant locked inside.
To actively fight a fire, it must be thrown or rolled into the flames, where it will activate and spread a dry-powdered fire extinguishing agent. Mono ammonium phosphate is commonly used as a non-toxic alternative that extinguishes flames of Class A, B or C fires. They are also passively effective, without human intervention.
The devices are generally marked with brightly colored wrappers that denote their use and serve as a warning to those who may attempt to move the device.
How Do Fire
Extinguishing Balls Work?
The devices work as passive protection (without human intervention) in 3 different ways:
Fire extinguishing balls offer unique benefits and are often used in conjunction with other more traditional fire extinguishers in order to provide additional protection and coverage in homes and offices.
This type of device is maintenance free and will typically offer about five years of dependable coverage before needing replacement. Traditional extinguishers need to be taken care of and can become costly to maintain.
Fire extinguishing balls are effective in a passive and active manner that is, mounted on the wall and/or thrown or rolled into the flames. Flexibility and ease of use makes it a wise choice for family homes. Although it is not generally recommended that the device be actively used on a Class B fire, it can still be mounted for passive protection in areas where there is a high risk of Class B fires.
Not intended to replace the standard fire extinguisher, but rather used to ensure additional protection and safety against blazes, a fire extinguishing ball is reliable, effective, and provides worry-free protection around the clock. Consider including one or more in your household fire safety plan.