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Basic Facts About Fire
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Monday, 15 December 2008 15:44
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Basic Fire Facts

 

* Fires need 3 things to burn: Oxygen, Fuel, and Heat.

*Fire can kill in several ways: Fire reduces oxygen, creates poisonous smoke, and creates heat.

*Fires create smoke, smoke rises and then banks back down as more is created. The smoke in a home fire is usually black and makes it hard to see or breathe.

*The 4 most common deadly gases created by fire are:

Carbon Monoxide: Is the most abundant and is in all fires. It causes the body to displace oxygen in the blood.


Hydrogen Cyanide: Is produced by burning wood, silk, plastics, and nylon.


Hydrogen Chloride: Irritates your eyes and throat. This gas makes it hard to breathe.


Carbon Dioxide: When there is too much of this in the air, it causes you to breathe faster.

 

 

*Fires are broken into 4 major classes: A, B, C, K

 

Class A- Ordinary Combustibles, like wood, sloth, and papers.


Class B- Flammable liquids, such as gasoline, oil, and oil based paint.


Class C- Energized electrical equipment, such as fuse boxes circuit breakers, and common appliances.


Class K- Fire in cooking appliances that involve cooking materials such as vegetable oil, animal oils, or fats.

 

 

 
Information taken from NFPA resources and web site

 

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 December 2008 21:43 )