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combustion or burning, in which substances combine chemically with oxygen from the air and typically give out bright light, heat, and smoke.

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Is aerial firefighting a cost effective way of combating forest fires? [on hold]

Every summer we see the same image: brave firefighters flying helicopters and planes with tanks full of water or fire retardant over yet another forest fire. But is there actual evidence on whether or ...
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Can repeatedly turning on and off lights cause a fire? [closed]

The old and pretty common tail told by parents to their children is something similar to "If you keep switching the light on and off you will start a fire!". Is this even possible? If so, are there ...
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Is filling multiple vehicles in one transaction at a gas station a safety hazard?

According to this gas station, pumping gasoline into more than one vehicle is a serious safety hazard: The gas station making this claim charges different customers different prices per gallon ...
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Does jet fuel have a maximum burning temperature of 980 °C?

ME Petroleum are an oil trading company. They have a page of Jet Fuel facts, where they explain that the standard specification of Jet Fuel is JET A-1 (a.k.a JET A). They also claim the "Maximum ...
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Is federal firefighting the cause for the increase of US forest fires and their severity?

On the Cato Institute's website is this claim: The heightened danger to national forests is, ironically, the result of longstanding federal efforts to suppress fires going back many decades. Those ...
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Do smoke alarms save lives?

Almost all fire safety organizations and codes require the use of smoke alarms in new business and residential construction. The idea is that they save lives, as mentioned in this article from FEMA. ...
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Is water that can be set on fire safe to drink?

In this newly release video by RT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1A3x7AyIVo A man sets water on fire that is pouring from his well, the narrator reads: The local government of Texas, tells ...
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Is there any other skyscraper that was destroyed totally just by fire except the three World Trade Center towers?

Since the events of 9-11 it has been claimed several times that no other skyscraper in history has ever collapsed from fire damage. It's usually used as a part of the argument that fire alone cannot ...
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Was the “Worst Twerk Fail EVER - Girl Catches Fire!” video staged?

Caitlin Heller posted a video on Youtube titled "Worst Twerk Fail EVER - Girl Catches Fire!". There have been many articles about it, e.g. Telegraph; NY Daily News; AJC. Was it staged? I watched it ...
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Do fire shelters save lives?

19 wildfire firefighters died in Arizona today, and the articles mention that they appear to have used their fire shelters: the 19 firefighters were found in an area that also had 19 fire shelters ...
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Are rising temperatures making fires worse?

Al Gore tweeted: Ferocious wildfire in California forces evacuation of ~3,000 [...] Rising temperatures are making fires worse. (Emphasis mine) Is this true?
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Did a firefighter rescue a cat from a still-burning house?

From twitter user @Earth_Pics: Firefighter in Denmark rescues cat from burning house.The way he hugs cat and the expressions of cat says it all. Note: the white stuff is probably snow, not ash. ...
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Can overheating laptops cause fire?

I have come across a Facebook post from an unverified and unreliable source, which claims that a fire was started using heat as a source alone. Here is the exact post which is the subject of the ...
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Make fire with a potato, salt, and toothpaste?

I saw a video recently that seemed to show a fire being started from a potato, salt, toothpaste, a couple of wires, and what appears to be cotton. A video showing this is HERE. To summarize, it looks ...
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Does staring at a flame slow brain activity?

I was looking for an answer to this question on the tubes and I was amazed to discover an impressive set of completely crap answers to this question. Photo by kayaker1204. Creative Common License. ...
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Fighting fire with electricity. Plausible?

The article "Fighting fire with volts: How water hoses could be replaced with electric wands" gives exciting news about possible new way of extinguishing fire, researched by Ludovico Cademartiri, Ph.D....