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MOST South Africans don’t have fire ex­tin­guish­ers at home, which is why the Put It Out mini fire ex­tin­guisher caught my eye. De­vel­oped as a first re­sponse to small fires, the pouch contains acetic acid which is ac­ti­vated by the ad­di­tion of a bi­car­bon­ate of soda ball – when it’s mixed, it pro­duces CO2 which will douse most do­mes­tic fires. It’s non-toxic and has a two-year shelf life. Prod­uct de­vel­oper Toli Al­tou­nis says it is only avail­able at a few out­lets in Joburg but they are look­ing for dis­trib­u­tors. “The cheap­est fire ex­tin­guisher is about R120. We want Put It Out re­tail­ing na­tion­wide for less than R30. The real South Africa has no ac­cess to wa­ter and fire trucks – this is my way of com­ing up with a prod­uct that can help peo­ple.” Cor­po­rates, take note: rather than gift­ing T-shirts, here is some­thing that could save lives. See

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