Although fire is dangerous, it’s an interesting subject. That being said, here are seven facts about fire that might surprise you!
- Fire Makes Water
Yes, you read that right! Fire does have the ability to make water. Placing a cold spoon on top of tiny flame creates condensation, which interacts with the metal to create a roaring fire.
- Fire Can Only Burn on Earth
Fire needs oxygen to spark and grow, and so far we haven’t found another planet that has even close to the level of oxygen that earth has. So, don’t expect to see any astronauts sitting around a bonfire on the moon.
- The Deadliest Fire Occurred on April 27, 1865
On April 27, 1865 a ship named the Sultana was engulfed in flames after the boilers overheated and eventually exploded. Unfortunately, the Sultana was extremely over capacity, which only fueled the fire. 1,547 people passed away due to the fire.
- Oxygen Determines the Color
Oxygen has a strong influence on fire. Essentially, the color of fire is ultimately determined upon how much oxygen is in the air. If you see a fire with an overwhelming yellow tint, that means the flames have a low oxygen percentage. As for a high oxygen percentage, this results in blue flames.
- House Fires Spread Extremely Fast
House fires grow exponentially. Essentially, house fires grow twice their size every minute. That’s why it’s important to have a comprehensive plan to get out of a burning home as quickly as possible.
- The Second Deadliest Fire Occurred on October 8, 1971
On October 8, 1971, 1,200 people died in the Peshtigo Fire, which occurred in Wisconsin.
- Concentrated Sunlight Used By the Greeks
In older eras, the Greeks started fires by using a technique to create enough concentrated sunlight. This is mirrored in the modern practice of lighting the opening torch in the Olympics with solar rays.