Shack fires must stop

Become a fire-fighting hero

If you care about your beloved and don’t have a fire extinguisher at home
get one today.

If you can’t afford to buy an industrial fire extinguisher
make one yourself.

Schematic DIY fire extinguisher

Mixing bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) with vinegar triggers a very strong chemical reaction creating lots of carbon dioxide gas. Together with the dishwashing liquid you get lots of foam.

You can use that foam to put down a small to medium fire quickly by directing the spray at the bottom of the fire.

⚠️ Do NOT use it on burning oil pots or electric cables. The burning oil might float on the contained water and grow the fire. Water might also transmit electric shocks from burning cables.

dooiy on fire

We care about our communities and particularly in informal settlements fire is a terrible threat.

Having a fire extinguisher in immediate reach will help you fight a fire, while it is still small and before it destroys your home and threatens your neighbours.

Step-by-step instructions for
fire extinguisher

Self-made fire extinguisher Show me

Besides trying to put down the fire as quickly as possible with your fire extinguisher, their are additional steps in your first response to fire: inform the fire brigade immediately.

Actions to take as first response to fire

Ruins after a shack fire Show me

Of course, it is best to stop fires before they even start by taking precautions, e.g. by not having curtains near your stove. As beautiful as they are, they catch fire really quickly and after a fire, none of your belongings will be beautiful anymore.

How to prevent a fire before it starts

Common fire cause: curtains close to a stove Show me

From the news, you know that shack fires are a common thread to all our communities. After a devastating shack fire in Nomzamo in March 2022, dooiy tought the community how to build fire extinguishers and from people in that Kasi we know, that these fire extinguishers prevented at least one more fire.

Building fire extinguishers after a huge shack fire strengthened the community

Group of people buiding fire extinguishers Tell me

What is dooiy?

Screenshot of dooiy web app on a mobile device

On dooiy you find fun and easy hacks that make life easier. Just follow our simple step-by-step guides and create something for your home or community with little materials and tools. Want to start a business? dooiy might be the perfect starting point for you.

Chris from dooiy

You don‘ t have to be an expert to start making with dooiy. Just choose an easy hack and get going. After you made a few, I am sure that you will come up with your own ideas.


Who we are

dooiy is being developed by Hack Your Shack, a young non-profit organisation from Germany with a passionate team in Berlin and South Africa.

To fulfil our vision, we are looking for partners, volunteers, donors and people who spread the word.

Learn moreand become a partner

  • The dooiy project is supported by
  • German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action
  • Impact Factory