Join us in off-setting our carbon footprint.

The Fire Triangle – A Reminder!

The Fire Triangle – A Reminder!

If, like us, your school lessons about the fire triangle are just a distant hazy memory, here’s a little reminder.

Put simply, the fire triangle gives us an easy visual on the ingredients needed for a fire to take hold. By reviewing it we get a better understanding of how fire works and how to stop it. In fact, the fire triangle is an essential basic part of training for all firefighters.

The 3 Elements of the Triangle


Everything has an ignition point, or a temperature at which it will combust. From a grass paddock to a concrete building, everything has a point at which it will begin to burn, adding to the intensity of a fire. As something burns, it also heats up the materials surrounding it, raising their temperature until that item is ready to combust as well.


There are three types of fuel; solid, liquid and gas. Everything around us is made up of one of these fuel types and is a potential fuel source in the event of a fire. A fire will continue to burn until all available fuel has been consumed.


Making up about 20% of the air around us, oxygen will cause a fire to burn hotter and faster. A good mental visual of this is a bushfire that worsens in strong, hot winds.

fire hose reels

These three elements combined cause a chemical reaction that can cause a fire to ignite. Therefore, we can extinguish a fire by removing one of the elements – in firefighting, this is largely done with water. When applied to a fire, water removes or cools heat through evaporation and also smothers the oxygen entering the fire.

Other methods to break the fire triangle include removing the available fuel, removing a source of heat or smothering available oxygen with fire safety equipment such as a fire blanket.

While this is the simplified version of the fire triangle, it’s useful to remember the basic elements… you never know when they might come in handy!

Share This Story, Choose Your Platform!

Related Posts
fire hydrant
fire equipment service
carbon dioxide fire extinguishers
class d fire extinguisher