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Nationwide: Elide fire extinguishing ball adds new layer of fire safety, mitigation

The following information is provided by Nationwide®, the #1 farm and ranch insurer in the U.S.1

E FIRE USA® Extinguishing Ball

Fire poses a universal risk to farms and ranches around the country. The Elide Fire Extinguishing Ball from Elide Fire USA can help you mitigate that risk.

Small enough to be thrown toward flames or mounted to the wall of a building or engine compartment, the Elide Fire Extinguishing Ball adds a new layer of fire suppression and early warning. Integrating this innovative new tool can help enable farmers and ranchers to evolve fire risk mitigation and plan for the future of their operations with confidence.

How the Elide Fire Extinguishing Ball works

Elide Fire Extinguishing Balls are self-activating fire mitigation tools available in two sizes — four or six inches in diameter and weighing 1.5 and 3 pounds, respectively. When the ball is touched by flame, the fuses surrounding the ball ignite within seconds, agitating the powder inside and dispersing an ABC dry chemical to extinguish the fire. The fire extinguishing balls have an effective coverage area of between 12 to 24 square feet, based on the size of the ball deployed.

“The Fire Ball is not just a fire mitigation tool. When the igniter is lit, it sounds like a gunshot so even if you’re not near it, you will hear when it is ignited and know there is an active fire,” said Chuck Thompson, Elide Fire USA Director of Safety and Marketplace Compliance. “It facilitates getting people to safety, investigating and taking other steps to extinguish the fire if it’s not under control already.”

Good locations for the Elide Fire Extinguishing Ball

The Fire Ball can be used for active or passive fire mitigation and prevention. Actively, the user can throw the ball toward flames, engaging the release of fire suppression material. For passive fire mitigation, each Elide Fire Extinguishing Ball includes a mounting bracket and can be mounted anywhere from the wall of a building to the engine compartment of a piece of machinery. Large farm machinery like farm combines and cotton gins are ideal applications for an Elide Fire Extinguishing Ball. Mounting one inside a combine’s engine compartment can help prevent combine fires and give peace of mind that you’ll have an early warning if something like an overheated bearing or crop residue ignites.

Get 20% off this new tool

Nationwide® agribusiness customers can save 20% on this new tool by using the discount code NationwideAg20 at check out. Fire Balls start at $95 and are available in kits with up to five individual balls and mounting brackets. To learn more or buy now, go to

Nationwide is committed to staying on the leading edge of new tools, practices, and technology farmers and ranchers need for success today and tomorrow. Our partnership with Elide Fire USA is one of the ways we can help you Protect your next.

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