Home fires : Understanding fires

Posted on May 1, 2020


IMG-20191109-WA0061 edThe statement, “My home is safe. Very little flammables in my home”, is a reflection of how little we understand the very nature of fire.

I, too, suffered the same delusion two years ago.

Until I saw Grenfell tower up in flames.

Over the last two years, I have come to learn and understand just how real building fire risks are.

I have, however, also learnt that by developing good habits and attitudes at home, that risk can be very significantly reduced.

I want to share all of this with all of you.

Here, in my posts, and on 5th May, 2pm, in my live streaming.

First, I think it is important to understand the nature of fire.

What is a fire?

triangle Put simply, for there to be a fire, these three elements need be present.

Oxygen, fuel and heat.

In this video, they speak of extinguishing the fire by removing one of the three elements.

In other words, remove oxygen, fuel or heat, and the fire is extinguished.

It also follows that as long as one of the three elements is not present, there will not be a fire.

Lets look at oxygen.

There is 22% of oxygen in our atmosphere, including in our homes.

If the level drops below 16%, we would encounter breathing difficulties.

So the first element, oxygen, is abundantly present in our homes.

What about fuel, or to use a more exact phrase, flammables?

Watch this video.

If this video was an eye-opener, what I have to share with you during the live streaming will shock you!

Our homes are full of fuel, of the worst possible kind.

Two out of three elements of the fire triangle are ever present in the homes

That, though, is not enough to start a fire.

Enough heat is required.

More of this during the live streaming.