To understand what causes a fire lớn start, you need khổng lồ learn about the Fire Triangle.

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The Fire Triangle consists of the three elements that are needed for a fire to start and for it to lớn continue: heat, fuel, and oxygen.

When all three of these elements are combined in the right mixture, a fire will start. Once started, it will continue to burn until one of them has been sufficiently reduced and/or removed, creating an imbalanced Fire Triangle.

Understanding how a fire can be started, what will feed it, & what will make it stronger can save lives – yours & others. We know what starts & feeds a fire, but what makes a fire worse?

Things that make a fire worse



Gasoline itself is flammable via its vapor. From improper use when trying lớn start a fire or containers not being stored properly, gasoline can make a fire nearly unmanageable.


Diesel is not the same as gasoline. Gasoline (via its vapor) is flammable, while diesel is combustible. Similar khổng lồ gasoline, it is the vapor that ends up catching fire rather than the liquid itself.

Diesel tends to burn slower than gasoline, so it doesn’t exactly explode, but is much more difficult to put out. Just lượt thích gasoline, improper use và improper storage can make this fire hard to lớn contain.



Like diesel, oil falls into the combustible category. Again, it is the vapor from the oil that ends up catching fire, not the liquid.

Oil fires can occur under a plethora of scenarios, including oil spills & improper storage. If a fire comes in contact with oil, regardless of how it happens, the fire is likely khổng lồ become stronger.



Cooking oils and grease are not flammable, but when they reach their flashpoint, they will ignite quickly and burn intensely.

If a fire comes in tương tác with cooking grease, whether in a bottle or spill, it will dramatically strengthen in mere moments.

If this happens, vì not use water to extinguish the fire. Instead of extinguishing the fire, this will actually cause the oil lớn splash & spread the fire.

Lack of water

Since water is one way lớn put a fire out, a lack of it can be a serious problem.

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If your building lacks adequate water flow, or an active fire protection system, there is a good chance that a fire will get stronger và cause greater, unmanageable damage.

Exposed wires


It’s easy to overlook a wire with a bare or stripped section on it, but fires can start from one perfectly placed spark, especially if the spark lands on something flammable. A loose connection at a wall outlet can also cause some serious damage.

Excess paper or trash

An overabundance of paper và trash can easily become a fire hazard, which is why most safety manuals suggest keeping your area clean.

All it takes is one flick of a cigarette to lớn start a fire – and if it makes contact with a large pile of trash or debris, it could lead khổng lồ disaster.


No one ever thinks about dust making a fire worse, but dust burns quickly due to its dry nature. Some dusts, such as dust that comes from solid materials or metals, are combustible, & may start a fire by interacting with the surrounding air.

Gas leaks

Gas leaks are normally undetected và can become explosive very quickly.

When there is a gas leak, almost any spark can start a fire. If a fire is moving towards a gas leak, it could become disastrous or even fatal.

Gas-filled tanks

This includes oxygen tanks for breathing, helium tanks for filling balloons, propane tanks for heating or cooking, và so on.

If a fire reaches one of these tanks, & the tank fails, the chance of catastrophic fire is extremely likely.

Understanding how a fire can be started, how it continues, how lớn stop it, and what can make it worse could be the difference between living và dying.

After reviewing these factors, you should be able to easily identify potential fire hazards in your building & take the necessary precautions lớn reduce the risk of starting or feeding a fire. Being proactive about fire safety can save your life or the lives of many others.

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