A fire is the rapid oxidation of a material in the exothermic chemical process of COMBUSTION.
A fire produces
- Various reaction products
Elements of a Fire
Fires can often get out of control and produce negative outcomes.
The elements required for a fire to occur are
- A source of ignition
- Free radicals (to propagate the fire)
Common Causes of Fire
- Electrical appliances
Fires can result in
- Injuries/deaths from smoke inhalation/burns
- Destruction of properties
Tips To Prevent Fire Outbreaks
- Proper Housekeeping:
Ensure that flammable materials are properly stored.
- Don’t overload extension boxes or electrical sockets.
- Don’t leave food being cooked on the stove/cooker unattended to.
- Keep burning candles away from flammable materials and away from windows.
- Don’t leave a burning candles unattended.
- Switch off electrical appliances and disconnect from the mains when not in use or when leaving the home/office.
- Keep flammables a safe distance (at least 3 feet) away from potential heat sources.
- Extinguish cigarette butts completely and dispose properly in ash trays/butt cabs.
- Do not smoke while in bed.
- Keep matches/lighters out of the reach of children.
- Ensure that electrical works/repairs are done by qualified electrical technicians.
Separate the 3 elements required for a fire and you can prevent a fire from starting.
If you have any questions, feel free to send an email. I am a fire safety engineer, I should be able to help or point you in the right place to look.