1. What are some risks associated with fire investigation, and what are some of the measures to mitigate those risks?


Fire generates three main components which are heat, smoke, and depletion which have a serious effect on the person who inhales it. Most hazards are associated with heat due to the fire. Death may result due to smoke inhalation and most of the damage is caused by burns from the heat. Fires and explosions often generate toxic gases. Homes contain chemicals in the bath, kitchen which create great risk to the fire investigator. Electric shocks may also pose threat to the fire investigators.

So in order to protect themselves from these hazards, fire investigator make sure that he is equipped with proper safety equipments which include safety shoes, gloves, safety helmet and protective clothing and mask etc.


  1. What are the fire Basic Building Classifications?


There are basically five basic types of building construction on the basis of combustion material:

Non combustible


Two are identified as non combustible construction and remaining three as combustible constructions which gives fire resistance requirements for the structural frame, interior bearing walls, floor construction and roof construction.


  1. Give me an example of each. Example would be what type would a typical Home Depot Store be?


A non combustible material is a substance which will not burn, support combustion or release flammable vapors when subjected to heat. For example: steel materials and masonry materials are the example of non combustible materials.

A combustible material is a material which burns. Type III,IV,V construction is of combustible materials. For example: plastics and wood are the example of combustible material.

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