But there’s a scientific explanation of why a person could walk on coals without burning?
The first, most of the action of walking on fire using a fire originating from the pieces of wood.
These pieces of wood composed of many carbon compounds, some volatile organic molecules, including water vapor.
These organic molecules would be easy to evaporate when heated, the heat released by the fire will evaporate all volatile organic compounds (volatile) and also water. Thus obtained only a nearly pure carbon compounds and carbon is one of the lighter elements.
From lightweight carbon structure of heat is bad, so it takes a relatively long time to transfer heat from the coal-to-skin person.
But if the coal produced from metal, then heat transfer will occur in the immediate time and someone will get severe burns.
Second, the ash generated from combustion processes can also act as a barrier or layer of heat insulator, so heat transfer to the skin of a person will become slower.
Not that can not be burned at all, because the heat transfer can still occur. If someone stood in silence over the coals for some time, then that person will definitely get some serious burns.
But if someone is limiting skin contact with coals of fire for example, in a very short period of time or walk fast, then the legs will not get hot enough to burn skin.
That is why the actions to walk on fire did not make a person on fire. But it’s not easy to do and it takes a certain expertise.
Burns itself will occur if the body is exposed to a substance which is a high temperature and one of the main causes of accidents are exposed to flame burns.
Based on degree of tissue damage, it burns is divided into three types, namely:
- First-degree burns, the damage to the epidermal layer which is marked by mild swelling in the area, skin redness and abrasion.
- Second-degree burns, which covers damage to the epidermis and some dermis (deeper skin layer), arising from pain, infection and sometimes dehydration.
- Third-degree burns, the damage covers all layers of the dermis, the layer of muscle and bone as well as infection.