08 Fire Protection Services
Principle causes of fires in buildings
The three basic essentials required before any fire can start are:
- Fuel, i.e. something to burn
- Air, i.e. oxygen to sustain combustion
The process of combustion or burning can be likened to a triangle as shown in Figure 1.
Removal of any one of the sides of that triangle will result in extinguishment of the fire and this is the principle on which all forms of fire extinguishment are based.
Compiled and published by: The Institute of Plumbing
Last revision: 2002
Number of pages: 10