Sometimes a great invention fails to hit it big simply because the financial circumstances aren’t just right — the Firelight Safety Switch is one of those potential innovations waiting in financial limbo. When a small fire filled his son’s house with smoke, Tony Abuiso came over to assess the damage, and the idea hit him: a switch that could “hear” a smoke detector’s alarm and then turn on a light or activate an exhaust fan.
The switch can replace any household light switch. The distinctive sound made by smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors activates internal electronics in the switch. In case of a fire, the Safety Switch automatically turns on the lights, helping to prevent panic and facilitating a safer exit from the house. Currently the Firelight switch isn’t in production — Mr. Abuiso is looking for funding or a suitable distributor.