It’s a Vase but not as we know it.

Looking for something more than chocolates to give mum on Mother’s Day weekend? South Korean whiz-kids have come up with something really different, yet … useful and elegant to boot.

Firevase is more than just a vase. Originally conceived by Cheil Worldwide, based in Seoul, South Korea, which is part of the Samsung Group, this vase can sit quite happily on a mantlepiece with all the knick-knacks, just waiting, and waiting to bloom into full glory. But first, as a vase, chrysanthemums, sweet peas or roses, whatever your tastes, they all look elegant in the Firevase.

There are more than flowers to this vase though. If a fire breaks out, the vase can be hurled and smashed to release the potassium carbonate that is discreetly stored inside. When the colourless liquid is released it starts a rapid cooling reaction that suppresses oxygen, putting out a fire. Clever eh?

Currently only available in South Korea, where over 10,000 household fires are battled every year. Despite a new law that required all homes in South Korea to have a fire extinguisher by 2017, the Seoul-based insurance company stats show that 58 per cent of homes still didn’t have one.

So, last year, the insurance company gave out over 100,000 Firevases to homes in South Korea. A video featuring a celeb using the Firevase to put out a fire helped spread the campaign online as well as in theatres, and a print ad was run in lots of newspapers and magazines.

As a result of the campaign, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance said that 81 per cent of respondents confirmed that they were now more aware of the importance of having a fire extinguisher at home.

In addition, the number of dwellings equipped with a fire extinguisher increased by 8 per cent nationwide. Well its practical, attractive and useful and maybe worldwide distribution is on the cards. Watch this space … For all your fire safety needs including fire risk assessments, installation and maintenance of fire alarms, smoke alarms, extinguishers, fire blankets and fire safety training for your staff contact us at Bath & West Fire & Safety.

Fire Haircuts – yes, they really do them (don’t try this at home – ever)

India is back in the news again. And if you have ever wondered how the perfect coiffure might be created, fancy hair is not just for women in India. A salon owner wanted to offer his male clientele something to rival the services on offer for women, so he pondered hard on what to create to attract the male head. It was no coincidence that this barber’s dad was a chemical engineer, and together they hatched the idea that would bound to be attractive to men who like things a little bit ‘fiery’.

Fire haircuts were born. Flammable chemicals and perfumes to prevent the hair smelling ‘charred’ are drizzled onto the head, before a candle is lit and bingo, after a dramatic blaze, and provided there are no third-degree burns, legend goes that weak and stray hairs are singed away, and the fire is combed out, leaving a ‘cool’ hair style and a happy customer for friends to envy – particularly on social media. Fire haircuts are available currently only at Adonis salon in Mumbai, where this would set you back about £8. Flame red, with smoky accents please.

Water, heat, chemicals and flammable materials are all in profusion in a hair and beauty salon, so fire safety needs special care. For all your fire safety needs including fire risk assessments, installation and maintenance of fire alarms, smoke alarms, extinguishers, fire blankets and fire safety training for your staff contact us at Bath & West Fire & Safety.

Queen Legend’s Woodland Rhapsody

You might have noticed that there have been trees planted galore at the side of the A363 road which runs from Bradford-on-Avon to Bath, thousands of them. Now there are reports that this woodland in the making is the brainchild of rock legend and Queen frontman Brian May. Dr Brian May is not only a talented guitarist, as an alumnus of Imperial College, London, he also holds a PhD in astrophysics. A keen environmentalist, he has experience of woodland planting in Dorset, where he purchased land earmarked for development and turned it into a 157-acre forest, now called May’s Wood.

The land at the side of the A363 has a public footpath running through it from Farleigh Wick to Warleigh Lane and Conkwell. Popular with local walkers, this pathway has some great views of the river and Bath beyond. The walk at the side is known as the Palladian Way, which goes into Bath from Oxford and runs some 118 miles.

Brian May’s new forest has been planted with a mix of native British species, including oak, red oak, lime, blackthorn and hawthorn. The saplings are nestled inside tubes to protect the tender tiny trees within, as deer would destroy them very quickly. Tall fences surround the thousands of saplings which are planted in enormous drifts. Hopefully as the trees mature, the fencing will be removed, and wildlife will run free.

England is one of the least wooded nations at just 10% whereas in Europe the proportion is 38%. Furthermore, the UK ranks a pitiful 25 out of 28 for the percentage of land area that is forest cover in Europe. Trees are vital to combat air pollution, preserve wildlife and minimise flood damage. Fire is the enemy of trees, and for the visitor it is important to follow the Countryside Code, particularly taking care with any sort of fire. Always seek permission for any sort of barbecue or bonfire. Never throw out cigarettes without extinguishing them first, and if you see a fire which looks suspicious, call the emergency services straight away. Planting more trees can only be a good thing, so we look forward to seeing Brian May’s latest project growing into a beautiful new forest.

For all your fire safety needs including fire risk assessments, installation and maintenance of fire alarms, smoke alarms, extinguishers, fire blankets and fire safety training for your staff contact us at Bath & West Fire & Safety.