SFMI stands for Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance and is one branch of the well-known South Korean conglomerate and while they might not be as knowns as the Samsung branch for semiconductors, electronics, or tanks, they have produced a video about an interesting concept, which makes sense from the point of being a fire insurance company.
The Samsung Firevase is a vase that acts as a decorative element to your home or office but can be thrown at a fire to extinguish the same, in case of an emergency. How does the Firevase work? On the SFMI brand item page, they state, “Simply throw the vase at the fire, and it unleashes chemical solutions to cut off the oxygen and cool down the temperature instantaneously, so you can snuff the flames before they spread.”
The original Samsung Firevase may no longer be available for purchase
They further state that the Firevase can be bought by anyone in the brand shop, they also clearly advise that not everybody might be able to get one, due to the limited supply for this product. Whether or not this will be a product they plan to sell internationally or if they will produce more going forward, has not been stated. It, however, remains an interesting concept that is worth a second look.
While Samsung is still considering its course on this product, others are already trying to sell almost identical solutions on platforms such as Alibaba.com. Here’s an example of a throwable fire extinguisher that looks similar and here is also a different version with less decorative reusable units. The exact same design as these Alibaba products can also be found on the website firevase.co.uk with a dedicated focus on selling these as “FIREVASE®” with a registered trademark symbol.
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When thinking about emergency situations, however, throwing a breakable glass object does somehow not seem like a good idea. Perhaps the reusable copy which is still a throwable fire extinguisher without the risk of glass shards flying around might make for a better design, since more eco-friendly on top of that. Or you just keep a traditional fire extinguisher around, which can also combat fires beyond the initial stage.
YouTube: 삼성화재 꽃병소화기 Firevase [VIRAL] (Samsung)