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National Fire Day

May 2 is devoted to fire! Fire is caused by the rapid oxidation of fuel in a chemical process called combustion. The reaction releases heat, light, and other products. Flames are often present, and their color and intensity differ depending on what is on fire and any outside impurities. There are positive and negative effects of fire. Fire maintains ecological systems and stimulates growth, but also is a hazard to property and life, and causes pollution and water contamination.

The ability to control fire was an important moment in human history, and there are many uses of fire today. It can be used for heat and light, cooking, clearing land, rituals, signaling, propulsion, forging, smelting, burning waste, and for weapons and destruction. Its use in cooking increased the number of nutrients that could be obtained from food and decreased the amount of disease acquired from food. Fire's heat created the ability for humans to live in colder climates, and thermal power stations continue to ignite fuel to provide electricity, helping people heat their homes. Controlled fire is also used in internal combustion engines in vehicles. Fire is used in these and many other ways today, on National Fire Day!

How to Observe National Fire Day

Celebrate with some fire today!

  • Build a campfire.
  • Roast some marshmallows.
  • Ignite the fireplace or wood-burning stove in your home.
  • Check your smoke alarms.
  • Have a fire drill.
  • Sign up to become a firefighter.
  • Drive a vehicle that has an internal combustion engine.
  • Shoot off some fireworks.
  • Listen to a song about fire.

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