The Brilliant Fire extinguisher *idea!

Walking in the veldt the other day I noticed this rather odd looking fire extinguisher.


To my great delight it was not a real one but one carved out of wood.



This completely perplexed me but later it was kindly explained to me: the purpose of the wooden fire extinguisher is obviously not to put fires out but to help ‘stop’ fires by reminding people of the do nots and giving the emergency call numbers.

I especially love this:


I think this is such a clever and proactive idea!

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13 Responses to “The Brilliant Fire extinguisher *idea!”

  1. Marian October 16, 2008 at 9:08 am #

    that’s a rather cool programme! Vandals! show me around!

  2. Ant October 16, 2008 at 11:36 am #

    They are so clever. It took me a year of driving past those to actually realise they were not real!

  3. heather moore October 16, 2008 at 11:38 am #

    Hi Wendren

    Those are so clever! They were put up ages ago by the branding team, Animal Farm, who are full of maverick ideas. Check their cute website out at

  4. Steffi October 16, 2008 at 9:24 pm #

    Hi Wendren!Yes, I can say the same like the other comments before…Those are so clever.

  5. Davey J October 17, 2008 at 5:55 am #

    What a great idea! I love it. But why would it suggest to steal it?

  6. anja October 17, 2008 at 6:07 pm #

    Oh dear, this means that the bokkie with its tears has found its due by date, but this is much more convincing and very clever…

  7. Scott October 18, 2008 at 1:29 am #

    Great idea, but I see a lawsuit in future…filed by someone who wanted to use it to put out a real fire.

  8. October 18, 2008 at 7:30 am #

    i don’t know about you guys, but if i ran there thinking it was a real fire extinguisher, and i happened to need one, i’d be pretty pissed.

  9. gWallet October 21, 2008 at 11:29 am #

    Brilliant idea.

    @Heather – nice! Thanks for pointing that out…off to visit them shortly.

    @Davey – wouldn’t you rather see it stolen, and shown around, and needing to be replaced, rather than smashed to the ground on the spot? I agree, neither are ideal situations, but I’d rather see it gone on to another use (perhaps inspiring future designers?) than trashed on the spot.

  10. sakurasnow October 27, 2008 at 8:28 pm #

    Thanks for this great post – I love the wooden fire extinguisher, and particularly enjoyed that last message (both the bit about the highly flammable destabilising invasive alien – damn those gumtrees, damn those port jacksons! – and the message to the vandals)!

  11. Sexy Cheese November 17, 2008 at 9:40 am #

    Cool idea, but what would happen if some one really needed one?

  12. April 20, 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    Hi there. I think it is brilliant! Too solve the issue of needing an extinguisher in an emergency, I suggest painting it yellow or blue. And to hang a real one next to it!

  13. Borellus June 28, 2009 at 12:35 pm #

    LOL, what a great idea.

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