Fire Invention – Great Invention for Human Life
“Seek wood already touched by fire. It is not then so very hard to set alight.” By African Proverb
Fire is essential tool and control of which helped to start the human race on its path to civilization. The original source of fires was probably lighting and for generation blazes ignited in this manner remained the only source of fires.
Fire in its most common form can result in conflagration, which has the potential to cause physical damage through burning. Fire is an important process that affects ecological systems around the globe. The positive effects of fire include stimulating growth and maintaining various ecological systems. Fire has been used by humans for cooking, generating heat, light, signaling, and propulsion purposes. The negative effects of fire include hazard to life and property, atmospheric pollution, and water contamination.
Initially Peking Man, who lived around 500,000 B.C.E., was believed to be the earliest user of fires but evidence uncovered in Kenya in 1981 and in South Africa 1988. Suggest that the earliest controlled use of fires by hominids dates from about 1,420,000 years ago. Fires were kept alive permanently because of the difficulty of reigniting them, being allowed to burn by day and damped down at night. Flint struck against pyrites or friction methods were the most widespread methods of producing fires among primitive people.
The first human beings to control used it to keep warm, cook their food, and ward off predators. It also enabled them to survive in regions previously too cold for human habitation. They also used at in “fire drives” to force animals or enemies out of hiding. Controlled fires was important in clearing forest for roadways, grasslands for grazing, and agricultural lands-uncontrolled, the fires destroyed the potential of the soil. Mastering fire also opened up the possibilities of smelting metals, enabling humankind to escape the limitations of the Stone Age.