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A fire is the rapid oxidation of a material in the exothermic chemical process of COMBUSTION.

A fire produces

  •  Heat
  • Light
  • 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

  • Fuel
  • Oxygen
  • A source of ignition
  • Free radicals (to propagate the fire)


Common Causes of Fire

  • Electrical appliances
  • Cooking
  • Candles
  • Smoking

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.


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  • 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.


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