No matter how safe you belive your building or apartment is, the unthinkable might still happen. Fires are a real danger; although smoke detectors can go a long way by notifying you in case of smoke and a potential fire, they cannot do much in terms of actively helping you get out of the building. This is why a Toronto-based startup called Safety iQ decided to try a different approach and created a new product called Saver.
Saver is a portable device that allows people to breathe in an environment filled by smoke. At the same time, the device works as an alarm and flashlight. The device is made so that it can be stored somewhere close at hand, on a shelf perhaps or on top of a night table. When the user needs to get out of the house, the first thing he must do is remove the optional flashlight/alarm module from the Saver unit. The flashlight can help him see through the smoke. The alarm is made to alert firefighters of his presence. However, the most important element of the Saver device is the filtration unit.
To protect the user from inhaling smoke, Saver comes with a nose clip that must be applied as soon as smoke starts spreading in the house. Afterwards, the user has to take the end cap of the filtration unit and place the mouthpiece in his mouth. The filtration system of the Saver device is made of three filters: a pre-filter for smoke and dust particles, a hopcalite filter that neutralizes carbon monoxide and a HEPA filter that traps toxic fumes.
According to the company Saver will let the user breathe fresh air for a total of five minutes. At the moment Safety iQ is raising funds on Indiegogo to bring Saver to production stage. The planned retail price is $69 for the filter only and $99 for the filter/flashlight combo.
Would you like to have Saver in your homes?