Studying the Impact of Ventilation on Fire Patterns

Interactive Training Module Focuses on Fire Behavior and Impact of Ventilation on Residential Fire Damage Patterns

January 12, 2021

Impact of Ventilation on Fire Patterns

Through the "Impact of Ventilation on Fire Patterns" project funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) has been studying how changes in fuel materials and ventilation affect the development of fire damage patterns in residential fires. Understanding fire dynamics is essential to understanding fire damage patterns and identifying a fire’s area of origin based on the scientific method.

To aid fire investigators in recognizing and explaining the impact of fixed ventilation on fire damage patterns in residential structures, UL FSRI has developed this a free online course that is available via the UL FSRI Fire Safety Academy. This course includes a review of fire dynamics in structures that address ventilation limited fires and why they are so prevalent.

After taking this course, fire investigators will be able to:

  • Explain how fires start, spread, and interact with a structure using the basic principles of fire dynamics.
  • Recognize the impact of ventilation on the fire damage and fire patterns within a structure.
  • Analyze fire damage and fire patterns within a structure to determine the fire’s origin.

Click here to access the course. 

Watch the video below to learn more.