FAQ

Q: What is Auto Fire Guard®?
A: Auto Fire Guard® is the licensed American manufacturer of fire suppression devices. It is the owner of several patents and trademarks for automatic defenses for fire, including the Fireball® and Firestick®.

Q: What is the Fireball®?
A: The Fireball® is an automatic fire suppression apparatus or cartridge invented by Grant Van Der Jagt and made by Auto Fire Guard, LLC, which comes in various sizes and designs, and is made with the best ingredients in the world for fighting fires safely. It has the longest shelf-life of any product of its kind and is so easy to use, there are no necessary instructions. It works automatically as a sprinkler system would or manually like a fire extinguisher would, except it also sounds an alarm that will be sure to get your attention.

Q: What area does it cover?

A: See the chart.

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 Q: How can I use the Auto Fire Guard® Fireball® as a fire extinguisher?    
A: You can throw it or even roll it into a fire. No nozzles to point. No pins to pull. Upon contact with the fire it will burst and extinguish the surrounding fire.

Q: How can the Fireball® be used as a fire sprinkler system?  
A: It can be mounted on the wall or from the ceiling anywhere a fire is expected to break out. The small 1.1 lb Fireball® includes a plastic hanging loop, while the larger Fireballs include a metal hanging basket or stand.

Q:  How is the Fireball® activated?    
A: The Fireball® is activated as soon as it reaches the fire. ONLY sustained contact with fire will activate the Fireball®.

Q: What temperatures are safe for storing the Fireball®?
A: The Fireball® is very resilient to temperature and humidity, however, you do want to avoid sustained exposure to temperatures over 186°F because the styrofoam shell and exterior plastic design will begin to melt. If aesthetics are not your main concern, the Fireball® can easily handle temperatures as high as 240°F, but placement in such a location will void the warranty.

Q: Will the Fireball® cause damage to an engine?
A: We mill the powder to .03mm diameter in size. This nanotechnology is roughly the size of an airborn virus. Therefore, it is too small to cause damage to normal engines. Many performance vehicles install the Fireball® under the hood because a fire would do much more damage and this protects the air intake from sucking in the powder. Besides, once the interior powder reaches 220°F it turns into an aerosol fire-fighting gas, so in a serious fire, there will not be much powder left over.

Q: What happens when the Fireball® self-activates?    
A: It bursts (similar to a balloon) and spreads its flame retardant substances in the surrounding area 360° in all directions. 

Q: What makes it burst?    
A: The Fireball® contains an activation technology that is similar to that found in automobile air bags. We call it a micro-gas generator. Basically, it rapidly fills with gases to pop the ball open just like a balloon.

Q: Is it dangerous to be near when it bursts?    
A: The Fireball is not at all dangerous or toxic. The powder, Mono Ammonium Phosphate is a type of inert salt often used as a food preservative that is actually edible in small quantities. When used as directed, it is very safe.

Q: What are the active chemicals in the Fireball®?    
A: It contains chemicals similar to those used in dry chemical fire extinguishers. One chemical helps preserve it so no maintenance is required, while the other is the magic that extinguisher fire.

Q: Are the active chemicals dangerous?    
A: No. They are harmless to humans, animals, and they’re even good for the environment. Both of the active chemicals are common food ingredients. 

Q: Is cleanup difficult after the Fireball® is activated?    
A: Most of the contents vaporize at high temperatures. For the rest, just vacuum the excess powder up. It is super easy to clean up.

Q: What kinds of fires is the Fireball® most suited for?    
A: The Fireball® is suited to A, B and C type fires. This would include paper and wood fires, flammable liquid fires (petroleum based) and electrical fires. It works on the other two types of fires too but it is not ideally suited for type K and D.

Q: Is the Fireball® suitable for kitchen fires?    
A: Yes, however we don't recommend it for grease fires. First try covering the grease with a lid. If nearby furniture is on fire, the AFG ball is a good solution so long as you do not put it in the bucket of grease as it may cause the grease to splash when it bursts. Fire Chiefs have successfully used it to extinguish restaurant grease fires after everything else failed.

Q: Can the Fireball® be used near electronic equipment?    
A: It is perfectly ok to use on electronics. Just not advisable on extremely dust sensitive electronic equipment like the kind found in scientific laboratories. It is perfectly safe to use on consumer computers or near electrical panels that can handle dust. For extremely sensitive electronics in small areas we recommend another clean agent: the Auto Fire Guard® Firestick®.

Q: Is the Auto Fire Guard® Fireball® UL certified?    
A: There is no standard to which the UL could certify this device. The UL has requested that we draft the proposed new code, and we are working on this. In the meantime, the UL has confirmed that the Auto Fire Guard® Fireball® does not violate any currently applicable standard. The Auto Fire Guard® Fireball® has been independently tested by many third party agencies for both safety and effectiveness on fire.

Q: Is the Auto Fire Guard® Fireball® legal?    
A: Yes. In all states the Auto Fire Guard® Fireball® is legal to own and to use.

Q: Is the the Auto Fire Guard® Fireball® fire code compliant?  
A: Each state and municipality controls the fire code. In most areas, the Fireball® may be sold, owned and used as a supplement to other fire code obligations. In some jurisdictions, it replaces other types of automated systems, and in other areas, the Fire Marshal retains the right to interpret whether it complies with the local rules or not. In localities where the fire officials say it is not compliant, these officials are in many cases violating other superior laws by interpreting the code in this way.

Q: My Fire Marshal says the Auto Fire Guard® Fireball® isn't allowed, how is that illegal?    
A: Fire Marshals are interpreting fire codes which are adopted by the state or municipality as state law or municipal law. They do this under the authority to regulate the safety and welfare of their citizens. However, state and local laws are subservient to Federal law. If a federal law makes the Auto Fire Guard® Fireball® legal, so too must the state and local jurisdictions. The American's with Disabilities Act makes the Auto Fire Guard® Fireball® legal in every scenario if it is to accommodate an "actual disability", which in relation to fire, according to numerous doctors, every person eventually becomes disabled if they can't fight or flee the fire. The Fireball® will activate for a paraplegic or asphyxiated person the same as an able bodied or mentally competent person. Speak with a local attorney to see how you can use this information to help you in your area.

Q: What is the Firestick®?

A: The Firestick® is an automatic fire suppression system for electronic devices which extinguishes the fire using CO2.

Q: How is AFG's Fireball better than other brands?

Q: How are the active ingredients so different between brands? 

A: Other brands use common and low quality chemicals to lower costs. See the chart below. Lumps and moisture destroy the effectiveness of the fire suppressant. This is why Auto Fire Guard® advocates for creating manufacturing standards for products sold in the USA. Only the AFG Fireball® uses the best ingredients and is certified for use in the USA.

Q: Why do you make the Fireball® with different colored contents?

A: The big fire in 2020 in CA was caused by a gender reveal device. So, we decided to make our fire suppression systems dual purpose. Now they also work as gender reveal surprises that can stop fire.