Fire Service

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...

FireLine Examines the Erskine Wildfire

To date, wildfires in California this season have burned more than 150,000 acres, and—with five major wildfires burning at this writing—that number continues to grow. California seems poised for ye...

The pros and cons of solar panels

There are many ways to “go green”—vegetative roofs, lightweight construction materials, insulating materials, and photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are among the most popular. But what are the pros an...

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...

Florida’s Investment in Building Codes Pays Off

There could hardly be a better laboratory to test the benefits of strong building codes than Florida in the first decade of the 21st century. From 2001 through 2010, hurricane tracks are a thicket ...

FireLine and the Fort McMurray Fire

As of this writing, firefighters are still battling the Fort McMurray fire in Western Canada, and authorities are restricting access to the area. The fire is a major incident, and Verisk’s Property...

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...

Making temporary housing safer

Sometimes you look at a problem or challenge and say to yourself, “Sure, that’s an easy fix.” But when you get into the nitty-gritty of it, you realize there are scores of unforeseen obstacles in...

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...

Working toward more resilient communities for 20 years

Mother Nature started 2016 with a bang in late January, dropping record and near-record snowfalls across the eastern seaboard. The snow was accompanied by wind gusts that reached 75 miles per hour...