Fire is the third leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States, yet most people ignore it. Knowing the basic principles of fire can help lower this number.
HOW FIRES START
Fire is a chemical reaction involving the rapid oxidation or burning of a fuel. It requires three elements to occur.
These three elements make up what is commonly called the fire triangle. Fire can only occur when the three elements are present and in the proper conditions and proportions. If any one of these factors is taken away, fire cannot begin or in the case of an already burning fire, extinguishment will occur.
Understanding the basic principles behind how fire starts can give you an edge...in PREVENTING fires.
Never FIGHT a fire if:
- the fire is spreading beyond the spot where it started.
- you can't fight the fire with your back to an escape exit.
- the fire can block your only escape.
- you don't have adequate fire-fighting equipment and training.
In ANY of these situations, DON'T FIGHT THE FIRE YOURSELF. CALL 911!
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