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Fred Bales, CFPS, CFI

Fred Bales, CFPS, CFI is a Manager of Fire Protection, Engineering and Safety Service at Verisk – insurance solutions. He can be contacted at

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October 11, 2018

Preventing fires at waste and recycling centers

How does a large commercial facility with a working automatic sprinkler system burn to the ground and create a cloud of smoke so big it registers on weather radar maps?

April 10, 2017

Human activity dramatically increases the duration of wildfire season

According to a report published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, "human-ignited wildfires accounted for 84 percent of all wildfires,…

December 1, 2016

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…

March 17, 2016

Drought projections put insurers on wildfire alert

Since 2000, fire seasons have grown longer and the frequency, size, and severity of wildland fires have increased.

March 7, 2016

The high frequency of fires in grocery and convenience stores

According to the December 2015 report published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), grocery and convenience stores have the highest frequency for fire…

January 20, 2016

Alarming smoke alarm stats in college housing

A recent report featured disturbing facts about college housing and smoke alarms.

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