Do you hear a crack sound when you flip a switch on? When I do, I think of nitrogen: nature’s fire retardant. That’s because without nitrogen, my hand would suffer sever burns every time I hear that crack sound.
Thanks to nitrogen, your house won’t become a raging inferno every time you burn your bread in the toaster. A bad automobile accident on the highway doesn’t quickly become a line of fire miles long killing thousands. Electrical fires are relatively uncommon because fuses can safely cut power without exploding. Campers can enjoy a camp fire at night without being airlifted to a hospital to treat full-body burns, and then being roasted from the huge fireball caused by an electrical fire igniting all the helicopter’s fuel.
All this, thanks to nitrogen: nature’s fire retardant.