New ACT Fire Extinguisher Release Party

Have you ever run from a fire extinguisher? I haven’t. They don’t scare me. But they scare you.

They seem so important, so untouchable. Why is that? Get above the fright! Make it cool to extinguish fires. That’s what designer Sigrun Vik is all about. Keep deadly fire unfashionable with Vik’s “ACT” fire extinguisher.

White and red, wirelessly connected to your smoke detectors, and flashing lights. “A perfect balance between intuitive functions and a discreet appearance,” says Vik. I say again: make fire safety fashionable! Let’s get some basketball players in here to promote fire extinguishers.

Can you imagine people lining up for hours to purchase the ACT so they can get it signed by Kobe Bryant at the local “Streetwize Fire Safety” store? It’s the 2009 ACT Fire Extinguisher Release Party! Be there.

Designer: Sigrun Vik

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  • zippyflounder says:

    Sorry, i like the traditional form. When things are happening BIG TIME i want to just scan for that familiar form and grab it, not try to decide if its a dust buster, a trash bin or a paper shredder.

    • I agree with zippy:

      imagine there is a big fire and you are panicking; the only thing you will go for is “the old” fire extinghuiser and not a very nice designed product that looks like an ambient lamp or emergency kit

    • cerberus says:

      plus – legal requirements for colour coding to determine the contents of the extingusher.

  • Eric says:

    Looks nice, but the traditional appears more sturdy to me. Does this have a pressure valve built in? My favorite feature would have to be the wireless “talk” with the smoke detectors. If this thing lit up like a christmas tree I wouldn’t mind it looking different than a traditional one when “sleeping.”

  • saltynay says:

    Traditional design has a critical flaw – the handle. I have heard many a story of people panicing and loosing a finger or drunken larking about. Perhaps If this wirelessly communicated with the smoke detectors and could only be used once smoke has been detected it would stop the tom foolery. Also as stated it needs to light up bright.

    • Eric says:

      I think that is more of a flight risk actually. Kitchen fires can happen in mili seconds (grease fires…) I wouldn’t want to wait for my smoke detector to turn my extinguisher on while I’m watching the fire engulf my curtains…

  • Ekove says:

    Hmm, so it’s just a new form? I don’t know for some reason it looks more like a lighter to me.

  • matt says:

    the traditional design has a presence about it. this one youve designed is very beautiful but has the exact opposite presence, which was the intention…..but is that a good thing?

    its a beautiful design, but im afraid i dont get the functionality well enough from your images…..it’s like a bunch of glamour shots.

  • Nick says:

    This color will make it invisible in a smoke filled room! It needs to be red, orange and stand out to be seen!

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  • Dave says:

    To contain the pressure of the gas inside, fire extinguishers are cylindrical. This extinguisher will have a much smaller capacity for a equal volume taken.

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    • Melchior says:

      … A pressure vessel doesn’t have to be cylindrical, it can be any shape. The reason they are cylindrical is that the pressure is equally divided over the surface of the cylinder and thus the overall thickness can be the same at any spot and that way easier to produce. So if the volume of this extinguisher is the same as a normal one, the capacity would the same.

  • QuantumTiger says:

    My fire alarms go off when I cook a piece of bacon. This would never work for someone who lives in a small loft that has overly sensitive fire alarms. It would cut on every time I wanted a little bit of breakfast.

    • Eric says:

      That makes 100% sense, and I can tell that’s a real product. Maybe this designer saw it and thought they would make it “right” and cooler looking. But then again maybe the original version looked like this one in concept phase. Only to realize it had to look the other way because it would simply function similar (using a pressure valve) and not be as hard to produce…

  • Jerome says:

    Just by looking at it, I would not know how to make it works!!!

  • msleepyhead says:

    The right link:

    http://sigrunvikdesign.com

  • Cromagnum says:

    Part of the industrial appeal of the metal one is its a battering ram or weapon. The two biggest fears in using one are
    1) Can i get it to work
    2) Will i get burned when using it while wearing shorts and a polyester t-shirt

    The new design seems flimsy. Now if you said it was a souped up design with a newfangled material that put out 4 rooms of fire in 25 seconds or less .. now there is some WOW in that.

    Or if the device did 3 things, in this order
    1) was a SCBA
    2) Enveloped the user in a fire resistant foam
    3) Put out 4 rooms of fire in less than 25 seconds
    Then I would say, sign me up. NOW

  • Dan says:

    FEEEEET!

    Jeg digger den Sigrun!!!

    Hilsen Designmill Dan

  • jake says:

    just seems like more risk of a worse fire. it looks cool but that’s it. it is impractical. the traditional proven fire extinguisher is safe and it works. it is also a well known object so there is no confusion. i dont see the need to make an emergency tool look hip.

  • Grey says:

    The problem with the traditional fire extinguisher is that the average lady would find it troubling to unhook and remove and actually carry and use. So..

    Try using your current concept as a loading dock, that the actual fire extinguisher can be removed from the dock (maybe keep a more traditional form then) because I think this looks awesome. Maybe Dual canons too

  • Grey says:

    The problem with the traditional fire extinguisher is that the average lady would find it troubling to unhook and remove and actually carry and use. So..

    Try using your current concept as a loading dock, that the actual fire extinguisher can be removed from the dock (maybe keep a more traditional form then) because I think this looks awesome. Maybe Dual canons too

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