Why is water not used to control fire produced by burning petrol and oil?

Asked by Topperlearning User | 26th Nov, 2013, 09:41: AM

Expert Answer:

Water cannot put off fire produced due to burning petrol and oil because water is heavier than oil. It settles down or sinks below the oil particles and cannot bring the ignition temperature of the substance down or cannot cut off the supply of air to the fire. Hence, oil keeps on burning on the top.

Answered by  | 26th Nov, 2013, 11:41: AM