What is the Fire Triangle?

The fire triangle represents the three elements needed for a fire to occur. All three elements must be present at the same time to have a fire. The fire will continue to burn until one element is removed. The three elements are:

  • Fuel - something to burn
  • Heat - Hot enough to make the fuel burn
  • Oxygen - 21% is needed for optimum burning, exactly the percentage we need to breathe

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1. Why do we commemorate Fire Prevention Week?
2. What is the Fire Triangle?
3. Where do Fire Poles come from?
4. How long have sprinkler systems been in use?
5. When was the first fire department organized in the United States?
6. Why are dalmatians considered firehouse dogs?
7. Why is the Maltese Cross the symbol of the fire service?