The Fire Triangle

The Fire Triangle? refers to the 3 things required for a fire to start and keep burning.


A simple Fire triangle definition:

The triangle shows the three things a fire needs to start: An ignition source (a flame, spark or heat), fuel (wood, paper, petrol or anything that can burn), and an oxidising agent (usually oxygen or air but some chemicals known as oxidising agents can support a fire even though air is not present)

A fire starts when these 3 things are present and in the right mixtures. A fire can be prevented or extinguished by removing any one of the 3 sides in the fire triangle.

For example, covering a fire with a fire blanket or foam removes the oxygen (air) part of the triangle and can extinguish a fire. Water removes the heat by cooling the fire down. Removing the fuel of the fire, ie having cardboard boxes next to electrical equipment.

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