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Water is what is known as a compound; that is, a completely different substance made out of different base elements. Compounds often have strange behaviours that their elements do not normally have. For instance, hydrogen sulfide is made of hydrogen gas (an odorless explosive gas) and sulfur (an odorless yellow metal), but in combination it produces something which stinks of rotten eggs!

For water to contribute to a fire, it would have to be broken down into hydrogen and oxygen. This occurs only during electrolysis. This is, however, one of the reasons why you should not throw water onto an electrical fire!

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Q: Why does water put out fire even it is made of oxygen that can develop fire and hydrogen that is an explosive gas?
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Any flame or electric spark will trigger this explosive reaction!

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How you can get water element?

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