Fred Bales, CFPS, CFI

Fred Bales, CFPS, CFI

Fred Bales, CFPS, CFI is a Manager of Fire Protection, Engineering and Safety Service in Verisk Insurance Solutions.

Fire trends in multifamily housing

Advances in automatic fire and smoke detection, central station alarms, and automatic sprinklers have helped property losses decline slightly in the last decade. But despite the best efforts of...

Fire safety best practices for construction of 5- and 6-story wood buildings

As more builders use wood as the primary building component in modern buildings, there’s a growing concern for fire safety during the construction process. Large volumes of wood at construction...

Drought forecasts serve as a warning for insurers

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) released a new report: “Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis.” It assesses the effects of drought on...

The high frequency of fires in grocery and convenience stores

According to the December 2015, report Structure Fires in Stores and Other Mercantile Properties published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), grocery and convenience stores have th...

Alarming smoke alarm stats in college housing

A recent report featured disturbing facts about college housing and smoke alarms. According to Campus Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings (2000-2015) , smoke detectors were either missing or...