The Harrington Group

Hangar 130: Crucial Lessons in Safety and Prevention

Posted on Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The high expansion foam (HEF) system incident in Hangar 130 at Eglin Air Force Base that occurred early in 2014 left a tragic impression on everyone involved. There were questions to answer: What caused the system to trigger? Could it have been prevented? And, what can we learn from this, in terms of processes that

High Expansion Foam: Risks and Rewards

Posted on Thursday, December 11th, 2014

On January 8, 2014, a High Expansion Foam (HEF) fire suppression system was unintentionally activated in a Florida aircraft hangar. This unfortunate incident in Hangar 130 at Eglin Air Force Base turned to tragedy when a civilian contractor lost his life. In the aftermath of such a shocking occurrence, the question of prevention is inevitably

Thanksgiving Fire Destroys Chocolate Storage Warehouse

Posted on Friday, December 5th, 2014

A Thanksgiving fire destroyed a 1-800-FLOWERS.COM chocolate storage warehouse in Maple Heights, Ohio. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire that housed Fannie May Fine Chocolates and Harry London Chocolates. Thankfully, no injuries were reported in the fire, but the facility was so severely damaged that it will likely be inoperable

Christmas Tree Fires – Don’t be a Statistic!

Posted on Thursday, December 4th, 2014

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has reported that between 2007 and 2011, US fire departments responded to an average of 230 home Christmas tree fires per year, which resulted in an average of 6 deaths, 22 injuries, and $18.3 million in direct property damage annually.  In addition, one in every three Christmas tree fires

Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner at Your Home? Think Fire Safety First!

Posted on Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Year after year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) releases its research regarding the top causes of fire loss in the United States. And, each year, cooking-related fires top the list of fires originating in the home. Thanksgiving is right around the corner – a time where the threat of having a fire in the