"T" stands for Fire Triangle or Tetrahedron.
Heat, Fuel, Oxygen and Chemical Reaction
Have I already lost ya??
In the world of the Fire Science, this triangle is called a Fire Tetrahedron and it represents the four components that make fire.
Basically the first three components were necessary for burning to take place and it was termed the "fire triangle." Since then they have included chemical reaction which starts getting too in-depth for this post so I will just say that we will do the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) method and only talk about three of the components. I could add a 5th side myself for "Stupidity of others actions" but then it would be a 5-sided Polygon and not a 4 sided tetrahedron.
But if you must know…
Chemical Reaction: Is a process where the molecular structure of material burning is broken down by the heat. The released atoms combine with other radicals to form new compounds which again are broken down by the heat. Thus a chain reaction occurs.
Now back to the fire…
To make a fire you will need one (1) of each of the components of the triangle or tetrahedron.
So Let’s dissect! (I always wanted to say that!)You will need:
(1) Heat source: Can be an open flame, sun, sparks and arcs, friction (chemical action), electrical energy, and compression of gases.
(1) Fuel source: Can be Gases (natural gas, propane, Butane, hydrogen, Acetylene, Carbon Monoxide etc), Liquids (gasoline, Kerosene, Turpentine, Alcohol, Cod liver oil, paint, varnish, lacquer, olive oil etc.), and Solids (Coal, wood, paper, cloth, wax, grease, leather, plastic, sugar, grain, hay, cork etc).
And then you will need….
The Oxygen source: It only takes 16% of the 21% of oxygen to support burning, and some fuel materials already contain sufficient oxygen within their make-up to support burning.
So let’s make fire…hypothetically…
You pour gasoline (a fuel source) on the open ground (which is surrounded by oxygen) and light a match (a heat source-open flame)
you get Fire!
Throw some wood (another fuel source) into the mix and slap a steak over it and you have…
Well there you have it! The Basics of a Fire Triangle or a FireTetrahedron.
So before you rush out and start fires (Oh and I didn’t tell you how to do it just in case the Fire Department should ask), the important thing to remember is this: Call 911!
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I hear they are burning down the house with some smoking hot stories over there!
Just kidding! ~Ames