Don’t play with fire…learn about it instead! Learn what we use the fire for, how dangerous fire can be, how to put out a fire and much more. You can share these fire facts with your friends or family!
- The three components that fires need to exist: heat, oxygen and fuel. If one of these components is missing, a fire can’t ignite.
- Fire is the result of a chemical reaction, called combustion.
- Flames consist primarily of carbon dioxide, water vapor, oxygen and nitrogen.
- On Earth, gravity determines how the flame burns. All the hot gases in the flame are much hotter than the surrounding air, so they move upward toward lower pressure.
- The color of a flame depends on the substance that is burning and the temperature of the fire.
- Smoke is made up of evaporated water, carbon dioxide and unburnt particles of the fuel.
- Ash is made up of minerals in the wood, like calcium and potassium, which don’t burn.
- Right after the sun, fire is the oldest form of energy used by man.
- Fire helped early man cook food, provided warmth and kept wild animals away.
- Fire can be extremely dangerous and destructive.
- You can put out a fire in four way: Cool the burning material, Exclude oxygen, Remove the fuel, Break the chemical reaction.
- Lightning strikes the earth over 100,000 times a day. 10 to 20 percent of these lightning strikes can cause fire.
- More than 80 percent of all wildfires are started by humans.
- An average of 1.2 million acres of U.S. woodland burn every year.
- Every year more than 3,800 people die fire related deaths in the U.S.