Break the triangle, kill the fire

The fire triangle is made up of three elements: fuel, oxygen and heat. Removing any one of these elements will stop the fire. Fire protection equipment will help you and your staff break the triangle. However, fire safety training will be essential to learn how to do this safely.

Most fire extinguishers and fire blankets deprive the fire of oxygen by either covering it or dispersing the oxygen near the fire. Foam and water extinguishers will also cool the fire, extinguishing it in the process. Fire extinguishers are important in stopping a small fire from spreading. However, fire should only be tackled if staff are trained in the use of fire extinguishers and are confident in what they are doing.

Preventing a fire from starting in the first place is always the best form of fire safety. Encourage staff to keep an eye out for potential causes of fire, such as faulty electrical equipment or hazardous materials, and use flammable liquid storage cabinets to work towards removing the ‘fuel’ element of the famous fire triangle.

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