Definition of flashover
1 : an abnormal electrical discharge (as through the air to the ground from a high potential source or between two conducting portions of a structure)
2 : the sudden spread of flame over an area when it becomes heated to the flash point
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To show the effects of a flashover, rollover and the better understanding of a blaze, the Olmsted Township Fire Department hosted a regional fire training simulator last week that also included Olmsted Falls and North Olmsted firefighters.
Olmsted Township helped its firefighters and those of two other departments learn more about fires, including rollovers and flashovers, that occur in a blaze.
The vast majority travels around the outside in a 'flashover' effect, Cooper explains.
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