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Firemole - the Irish startup that's taking a proactive step against fire

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firemoleDespite technological advances and a heightened awareness of the need for safety in technology, electrical devices still pose a fire risk.

Despite horror stories of devices exploding because they were used while charging, for example, parents still allow their children to do just that because it ‘probably won’t happen’. However infrequently these things happen, they do happen, and anything we can do to protect our families, ourselves, and our homes from these risks is a welcome safety measure.

firemoleIrish safetech startup Firemole Limited has come up with a simple and effective product to protect against overheating devices, chargers, extension leads, etc.

The Firemole is a small product that simply sticks to anything worth worrying about - be it the device itself, the charger, the plug, a multi-socket adapter, or anything else that has a chance of overheating and posing a risk of fire.

Firemole monitors the temperature and sounds an alarm if it increases over 54°C/129°F, as human skin tissue can begin to be damaged by temperatures as low as 50°C. And that’s it. There is no wireless connection, or connected app for a detailed breakdown of unnecessary nonsense - it simply alerts you to the fact that the temperature is reaching potentially dangerous levels so that you can safely unplug.

Firemole attaches via a sticky pad, has a test/silence button, and uses a replaceable battery that lasts 18 months, making it one of the simplest gadgets around, but a potentially life-saving one.

Last week Firemole was crowdfunding via Indiegogo, and just about reached its goal of €10,000 - congrats team. The startup only began trading in August this year, and plans to have international distributors in place by 2018. Their long-term aim is to expand into a range of fire protection/fire prevention devices to protect property and lives. We like it a lot.  

Why not give them a shout via Twitter if you've any burning questions to ask.

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Published on: 1st October 2017

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