Student-Design Home-Fire Suppression Device | Cool Business


Most of us can’t afford homes with fire-extinguishing sprinklers built into the ceiling … and that’s where FACE is designed to come in. It’s a self-contained, heat-activated fire suppression device that’s mounted in the user’s home, wherever it’s most likely to be needed.

Its name an acronym for Fire Activated Canister Extinguisher, FACE was invented by San Francisco high school student Arul Mathur. He tells us that he was inspired to create it after moving from New Jersey to California, where he discovered firsthand just how much of a threat fires pose to people’s dwellings.

“I heard about the hundreds of thousands of people who evacuated their homes every year to flee from wildfires, but I never thought that I could be one of those people,” he says. “Finally, in the summer of 2019, a wildfire threatened to force my family to evacuate our home. At that moment, it became personal. I knew that I needed to do something about it.”

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