Fire Lab Data Analysis

Introduction

Organizing and understanding data is a critical skill for students in the 21st century. It is also a critical skill for researchers. Knowing how to interpret data from the fire lab helps prepare fire fighters to be more safe attacking fires and for fire investigators to read the evidence left behind in a burn scene.

Questions

  • What does the fire lab data tell us about a fire?

Problem to be Solved

  • Fire investigators must understand the effect of ventilation on a fire and what happens when a door or window is left open during a fire.

Module

Fire Lab Data Analysis

Age Group

Middle School

Category

Fire Forensics

Materials

  • Open or Closed Door student reading
  • Data sets – oxygen, temperature, air pressure for both vented and non-vented fires (download)
  • Markers/flip chart page
  • Review Live Burn Video

Summary

Using the data from two burns in the fire science lab, students will make conclusions about the impact of ventilation on a fire. Students will present their ideas about why this understanding is critical for both firefighters and the women and men investigating the fire’s origin and cause.