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Eight things you didn’t know about fire

Fire. It’s hot, orange, dangerous, and kills thousands of people every year.

It’s also a tree running in reverse, can make water, and it’s not even a thing at all.

Here are eight things you didn’t know about fire.

  • Fire makes water. No, no, no. Water puts it out. How can a flame make water? If you place a cold spoon over a candle, you can watch water vapour condense on the metal. That’s because wax contains hydrogen and when you burn hydrogen and oxygen it makes H20.
  • It’s an event. Fire isn’t a thing, but rather an event. Heating a fuel releases vapours that combust with oxygen in the air. This results in a bloom of gas which heats the fuel further, releasing more vapours, carrying on the cycle.
  • Ancient Greeks could harness its power. Using a parabolic mirror, the Greeks could focus solar rays to concentrate sunlight. This technique is still used to ignite the Olympic torch.
  • Spontaneous combustion is real. Fuel sources can generate their very own heat. One is by rotting for example. In fact, pistachios have so much natural oil that they are prone to heat-generating.
  • Oxygen determines colour. A low-oxygen fire will give off a yellow glow. High oxygen fire will burn blue. Look closely at a candle. You’ll see the bottom of the flame is blue because that’s where they take up fresh air.
  • There’s a fire that’s been burning a long time. A coal seam that lies about 140 miles north of Sydney has been burning for approximately 500,000 years.
  • House fires can double every minute. That is, assuming stable fuel, heat, and oxygen levels.
  • The Great Fire of London wasn’t so bad. Okay, it was pretty bad. It managed to destroy 80% of the city. But it also ended an outbreak of the bubonic plague that killed 65,000 people the year before.

To avoid fire in your home, we can help provide quality sprinkler systems to guarantee your safety. Contact us today to find out more. Follow us on Facebook for more updates.

Mist system was a great solution for our renovation needs and them team at RAD have been great. Always communicated clearly and been on hand to discuss over the phone as needed. Would highly recommend!
09:32 17 Jul 22
I have used RAD for a couple of projects and found them to be good to deal with. They did a pair of 3 storey open plan houses and seven three and four story town houses. The sprinklers were to improve fire safety, allow more flexible space and comply with building regulations. The sprinklers were far more cost effective than the mist type systems and look very discrete when installed.
Paul Jeary
15:50 11 Jul 22
It has been a pleasure to deal with RAD for installation of fire sprinklers at our site is Sevenoaks. They were fast, professional, working to time and quote, which made it easy to work with them.
Katrina Horobin
12:03 29 Jun 22
My requirement was a bit unusual for RAD in that I wanted a mist system in one room of a rented house. I had no drawings or technical back up. RAD were very helpful and repositioned the unit after the initial installation. Luckily with the help of Sonny, the engineer it all worked out very well.
Simon Gurney
16:16 12 May 22
I have used RAD for the last 10 years for all of my housing developments in need of a sprinkler system. Easy process from start to finish and no issues or problems throughout. Always someone at hand to answer a querie and we have a great working relationship with the team at RAD. Would highly recommend.
15:33 12 May 22
Diligent & a very professional team. A joy to deal with. Will certainly be calling on them to help with many more future schemes.
Jason Tema
22:17 08 Jul 19
Great team, fitting sprinklers, saving lives & property... What more could you wish for!!!
Colin P
17:53 01 Jul 17
Excellent company & great service... This company rocks! They sprinkle fires & save lives!!!
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07:15 16 Dec 16
As somebody who feels that it should be a necessity for all properties to have fire sprinkler systems, I am a big fan of this company. I have used them numerous times to service my home system and they are very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend their service.
Kate Fraser
09:25 30 Mar 15
One look at Rad Fire Sprinkler's website will tell you that these guys know exactly what they are talking about when it comes to Fire Sprinklers and the legislation surrounding fire safety. A very trustworthy company.
Adam Hudson
16:45 15 Nov 13

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