Learning to manage this chemical reaction
What actually is fire? How does it start? How and why does it behave in different ways? How can we prevent it from starting or reduce its destructiveness?
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Fire is the visible effect of the process of combustion – a special type of chemical reaction. For this to happen, there must be fuel, oxygen and heat.
Different fires behave differently. Many different variables are involved including fuel type, oxygen concentration and the weather – even the shape of the land has an effect.
We need to be able to detect a fire so that we can stop it or get out in time. Often we are good detectors, but sometimes we need help.
Dr Mike Spearpoint from the University of Canterbury teaches and researches fire engineering.