Advert for Spong & Co's hand fire extinguisher
Medium: Print on paper
With open fires in almost every household room, and lighting provided by candle or by unstable fuels such as gas or oil, Victorian households were under great risk of fire. Towards the end of the century, fire extinguishers were introduced. The early models were sealed bottles filled with water that were to be thrown on to fires. The more sophisticated model advertised here is a hand-held device with a pull-tab that sprinkled water.