We all know the basics of fires and that we should do everything possible to prevent one from starting (unless, of course, you are lighting a campfire). However, it never hurts to extend that knowledge. Here are four things you might not have known about fires.
The Fire Triangle
There are three components necessary for a fire to start: heat, oxygen, and fuel. If even one of those elements are missing, a fire won’t be able to ignite. If a fire is already started, removing any one of those elements will extinguish it. Often times, water is used to rid of the heat component to put out a fire. You can also smother a small fire with dirt, sand, or a blanket to take away its oxygen supply.
Surprisingly, more people die from smoke inhalation than they do from the actual flames of a fire. This is why it is important to include a sprinkler system in your fire protection plan because it helps to reduce the amount of smoke in the air. A fire sucks all the oxygen out of a room and replaces it with poisonous smoke before the flames even get into that room.
“If You Can’t Take The Heat…”
Majority of house fires that occur start in the kitchen. Cooking is the leading cause of injuries from house fires. A variety of things can start a kitchen fire, but the most common reasons are grease being overheated and leaving your stove unattended. Electric stoves create more fires than gas stoves do.
In the United States alone, more than 3,800 people die from fires and another 18,000 are injured every year. Most of these fires were preventable if a fire alarm was present or if proper fire safety measures were taken. Two-thirds of all deaths by fires occur because there were no working fire alarms present.
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