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War – WW2 – Fire Bucket

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This fire bucket was used by Dunfermline’s Fire Wardens during World War Two. It would have been filled with water or sand which was used to put out small fires.

Typically, fire buckets are painted bright red and have the word ‘fire’ stencilled on them.

Fire buckets are a low-technology method of extinguishing small fires:  when the sand in the bucket is dumped on the fire, it starves it of the oxygen it needs to stay alight.

The sand from a fire bucket can also be used to absorb spills of flammable liquids and render them less dangerous, by reducing the risk of ignition and explosion.

Today, fire buckets are often provided at petrol filling stations to absorb any small fuel spills.