Fires can affect our nation's forests, our homes, and our businesses. The study of fire science examines what causes fires, as well as what can be done to prevent them in the future. The course of study also looks at how to build better buildings that can withstand fires, and how to put fires out faster and more effectively. Various forms of fire protections are also discussed, such as using and developing fire-resistant walls, better forms of smoke alarms, and developing new means of educating the public. Fire science is an important field of study because it saves lives. While forest fires occur in many states across the United States every year, there are many less casualties than unexpected fires that occur in buildings. This is why the focus of fire science is mostly on how to prevent complete destruction in the event of dangerous fires, in order to save both life and property. If you are fascinated by fire and have a real desire to save peoples' lives, fire science may be the course for you.