USA — In 2007, almost every state in the nation endured wild fires, brush fires, acreage burned and destroyed homes. According to the National Interagency Fire Centers national report on wild fires, Florida had over 4,000 wild fires and 530,592 acres burned, California had 5,454 wild fires and 132,882 acres burned, North Carolina had 4,813 wild fires and 44,112 acres burned, and Nevada had 631 wild fires and 876,923 acres burned, as just a few examples.
This phenomenon affected Orlando, Fla., resident Eric R. Olson so much that he had a dream about what he should do to help save homes from wild fires. The day after his dream, he drew up the plans for the Ember Aqua Shield, a temporary fire suppression unit to be placed on the roof when a brush fire or wild fire is near a home. Home owners place the easy-to-assemble, fire retardant PVC unit on the roofs edge and connect five-foot lengths of feeder pipe by screwing them together, then roll the unit over the peak of the roof in the center of the roof. A garden house is then connected to the feeder pipe and turned on wide open.
According to Olson, the Ember Aqua Shield unit shoots 7.3 gallons of water per minute through the connected hose to immediately keep the roof wet and put moisture in the air, stopping flying embers from igniting homes. One unit is required for a 2,000 square-foot home and two units for a 4,000 square foot home.
I knew it would be a very easy and effective way for home owners to save their houses from wild fires and brush fires, said Olson, president, owner and inventor of the Ember Aqua Shield, U.S. patent pending. The product, which was featured on a TV 10 News San Diego broadcast just a few months ago, ranges in price from $275 to $325, depending upon shipping area, and can be ordered online. Olson prides himself in the fact that the Ember Aqua Shield units are assembled and sold solely by American veterans like him.