A pioneering sandless sandbag has proved itself in action with the emergency services worldwide. The innovative FloodSax has been deployed to stop raging torrents of water, soaked up fuel at road accidents, cleared up the mess inside flooded homes and businesses and has even mitigated the effects of a bomb blast.
FloodSax at first look like pillowcases and weigh just 200 grams (7 ounces) before they are activated. But simply add water and in around three minutes they expand to weigh 20 kilos (44lbs) to become more effective than traditional sandbags.
A World War Two bomb was discovered in a London garden and taken to Clissold Park in Hackney to be blown up safely. The Metropolitan Police surrounded it with FloodSax to lessen the blast as a special gelling polymer inside the FloodSax helped to absorb the shrapnel generated by the explosion. The drama can now be seen on YouTube. FloodSax are now regularly used to surround suspect packages
in public places.
FloodSax were used to protect homes in the USA when it was battered by a hurricane and also saved countless thousands of dollars in damage when they soaked up a massive leak inside a hospital.
FloodSax are exceptionally space-saving to store and deploy. One box of 20 that can easily be carried by one person is equivalent to 20 sandbags on a pallet. Around two million FloodSax have now been sold worldwide.