What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Fires?

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Fires can cause damage to property and homes, but they are also a crucial instrument that has helped man forge tools and keep predators at bay. Even though burns can cause severe injuries to the skin, fire has also helped man cook food.

Fire has played a role in social development for humankind. For example, early humans gathered around fireplaces to hold events and festivities. Fire also fostered creativity in man, such as burning clay to make ceramic items. Cavemen used fire to clear forests to make room for plants.

Despite its usefulness, many people face injury and death due to fire. Fire can cause first-, second- and third-degree burns, which causes blisters, swelling and peeling of the skin. Fire can also be a workplace hazard.