Fighting fire

Before a fire can burn, a specific combination of three different factors must prevail. These three factors are:

  • flammable material (e.g. wood)
  • oxygen
  • ignition temperature (e.g. caused by a smouldering cigarette or a magnifying glass)
All fire fighting methods are based on eliminating one or more of these factors from the fire. This can be done by smothering (e.g. using a fire blanket or foam-based extinguisher), cooling (water) or creating a fire-break (for forest fires).

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