Video: What is Fire?

The dictionary defines fire as ‘a state, process, or instance of combustion in which fuel or other material is ignited and combined with oxygen, giving off light, heat, and flame.’ In this video, given our focus on the Flame-Resistant Clothing (FRC) industry, we look more closely into what is the science behind fire and how it relates to how FR clothing works. In order to stay protected and safe, it is important to understand what fire is so you can avoid being in harm’s way.

Read on to find answers and watch our video below, featuring Tyndale’s Vice President of Technical, Scott Margolin, as he provides clarity in just under a minute.

The Science Behind Fire:

In the words of Scott Margolin, fire is “applying heat to a substance, causing it degrade, and in degrading it releases gases that are flammable.”

Breaking it down even further, a fire requires three fundamental things in order to burn:

  1. Fuel,
  2. Heat
  3. Oxygen

The technology behind flame resistant clothing can leverage any one of these three pillars to stop fires from continuing to burn – for instance, by denying the oxygen required to sustain combustion. Understanding the fundamentals of fire is essential for the businesses and customers in the FRC industry to continue improving protection and safety for wearers.

To learn more about different types of fires and flame-resistant clothing, visit our FR Safety Library.

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