On 11July 1997, at the scene of a devastating fire that broke out in the Royal Jomtien Hotel in Pattaya, Thailand, a 450 room, 17 story high, luxury hotel in which 93 persons lost their lives. From the tragedy and loss of human lives and properties witnessed by Mr. Phanawatnan Kaimart a Thai firefighter was the event and inspired the invention of a fire extinguisher in the shape of a ball now know as the “Elide Fire Ball”.
Issues With Current Extinguishers
Generally, most extinguishers are heavier in weight which makes them more cumbersome to use and the user is required to get closer to the fire putting them at risk. Usually within 1.5 metres to get appropriate coverage to extinguish the fire.
Other factors can come in to play also, such as, type of material on fire, using the appropriate extinguisher for that class of fire, incorrect usage can spread the fire further, requires regular inspection and servicing, ongoing cost involved with servicing.
The Elide Fire Ball
How do I use it?
The first method is manual deployment.
Simply pick up the ball, either roll it or throw it underarm into the fire. The Elide fireball will only activate if there is flame.