Certified Fire Investigators

The American Burn Association organizes Burn Awareness Week every February to assist in the prevention of burn injuries. When it comes to protecting yourself and your property from fires, there are several steps you can take, depending on the cause of the fire. Fire investigations require an experienced engineer with the correct training to determine the origin and cause of fire and explosions.

While clothes dryers are the leading cause of home fires, resulting in $238 million in property damage, fires originating in the kitchen result in millions of dollars more in property damage and thousands more injuries/deaths. Appliances alone cause more than 150,000 residential fires each year, resulting in 3,670 injuries, 150 deaths, and $547 million dollars in property damage, according to a study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. From appliance failures and unattended cooking to the bustle of cooking during the holidays, there are many ways a fire can start in the kitchen.

Kitchen fire investigations require a skilled and trained engineer. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), outlines the science-based methodology required to  successfully investigate and analyze fire and explosion incidents. Investigators gain the most current fire investigation knowledge by completing certifications such as the Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) which is obtained from NFPA training or the Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator (CFEI) that is overseen by the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI). CFEI certification is the oldest and most widely held fire investigation certification.

Engineers at CED have both CFPS and CFEI credentials, advancing their knowledge of fire loss investigations. Using this training, the engineers in CED’s fire group follow a set of clear and defined investigative processes to ensure all aspects of a fire loss are considered. See our full list of CFPS and CFEI experts or contact CED to review your case.