The Basics of Fire

A fire starts when a plant or animal sheds its skin, leaves, or even dies. Plants contain cellulose, and water is driven out of them as they heat up. This heat energy is then converted into carbon dioxide and water. Combustion also releases heat energy. The fire spreads with the help of accelerants. Read on to learn more about fire. Here are some tips to make your home and garden safer. We also discuss the different types of fire.

Flames emit visible, infrared, and ultraviolet light

Fire, or flame for short, is a source of visible, infrared, and ultraviolet radiation. A typical wood fire produces about 1500 K of thermal energy, peaking in the red visible range and infrared-near-infrared radiation. At low temperatures, objects giving off thermal energy glow a dull red. As the temperature rises, higher frequencies appear, and the red light turns orange and white.

Combustion produces carbon dioxide and water

All combustion processes generate a certain amount of water and carbon dioxide. The amount of water depends on the reactant. The amount of oxygen required in the combustion process is determined by the fuel used. If the fuel contains a higher percentage of sulfur, this may result in a greater concentration of sulfur dioxide, which can cause respiratory problems and acid rain. Most cars are equipped with catalytic converters to help with this problem.

Heat energy is released by combustion

When a fuel is burned, it reacts with oxygen, releasing energy. Depending on the type of fuel, the process of combustion may be slow or fast, but the end result is usually a flame. The chemical reaction can occur between gaseous and solid fuels. Combustion products are gases, which are in turn heavier than the reactants. Therefore, the higher the temperature of the reactants, the faster the reaction is likely to be.

Accelerants are used to spread a fire

Fuels can be ignited by burning gasoline. Petrol is the most common ignitable liquid accelerant, and is derived from the fractionation of petroleum. It is highly flammable, and its ignition temperature is around 780 degrees Fahrenheit. It is used as a fuel in internal combustion engines. The flammability of gasoline is an important consideration when choosing a fuel. For example, a fire fueled by kerosene will burn much faster than a fire fueled by isopropyl.

Classifications of fires

There are five different classifications of fires: Class A, B, C, D, and K. Class A fires are the most common, and are fuelled by common combustible materials. They can start easily and will burn out when their fuel supplies are depleted. Examples of Class A fires are trash fires and garbage fires. Firefighters usually use water agents to fight Class A fires.

Common causes

House fires are caused by a variety of causes, and one of the most common causes is cooking. The best way to prevent a fire in your kitchen is to follow these simple guidelines: stay out of the kitchen while cooking, and use a timer to make sure food doesn’t overcook. If you’re cooking with oil or grease, it’s especially important to keep a close eye on it. Also, always clean your appliances on a regular basis to prevent buildup of grease.


Fire is a major concern, especially in populated areas that are close to wildlands. Human encroachment into wildlands has increased the number of homes and buildings, and the risk of fire is higher than ever. In addition to lightning, arson and other causes of wildfires, humans also contribute to the spread of these fires. In recent years, wildfires have been the leading cause of fire hazards in urban and wildland areas worldwide. In 2010, an average of 6.9 million acres were burned and a billion dollars were spent on firefighting costs.