Reflash, Rekindle: Understanding the Phenomenon in Firefighting

A reflash, rekindle refers to the phenomenon of a fire reigniting after it has been put out. This can occur when a fire has been extinguished but the heat and embers from the fire remain, causing it to reignite.

Reflash can happen for several reasons, including the lack of water to cool down the surrounding area, the lack of ventilation to remove the heat and smoke, and the presence of flammable materials that have not been completely extinguished.

Firefighters must be aware of the possibility of reflash and take steps to prevent it from occurring. This may include staying on the scene for an extended period of time to ensure the fire is completely out, or using specialized extinguishing agents to cool down the surrounding area and prevent reignition.

Overhauling is also an important task after a fire is put out, it refers to the process of searching for and extinguishing any remaining hotspots, as well as to inspect the damage and make sure that the fire is completely out. This can help prevent rekindle and ensure the safety of the building and its occupants.

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Last Updated on February 22, 2023