The Harrington Group

Having a Bonfire this Fall? Consider This….

Posted on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

September is here. School is back in full swing, college students have settled into their dorms, Labor Day has passed (signifying the unofficial kickoff to Fall), and I can almost smell the Pumpkin Spiced Lattes in the air. Though it still feels like summer here in the south, the cooler weather is sure to move

The Residential Component: Are Fire Sprinklers Moving into Our Homes?

Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Over the past several years, sprinkler systems have been a hot topic in the residential real estate scene. While many local jurisdictions already require sprinklers to be installed in multifamily structures, the same is not necessarily true single-family homes and townhomes. To date, California and Maryland are the only two states to enact statewide legislation

Fire Sprinkler Design and Building Code: What You Need to Know

Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2014

The most effective fire prevention technique is the one that is the most tailor-made for the facility. A system that works for a 4,500 sq. ft. software company, for example, would look very different from the one designed for a 250,000 sq. ft. e-commerce warehouse. More and more companies are reimagining their physical space; major

Sprinkler Systems – An Introduction to Fire Safety’s Most Effective Ally

Posted on Thursday, August 21st, 2014

If you hold a cigarette lighter underneath a sprinkler, every sprinkler in the building will suddenly activate and spew water, right? Wrong. The heat from the lighter will cause only one sprinkler to operate, the one that feels the heat. We have Hollywood movies to blame for the widespread misconception that all of the sprinklers

Combustible Dust Explosion at China Factory Kills 75

Posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2014

On August 2nd, reportedly, 75 people were killed and nearly 200 others injured in a combustible dust explosion at a General Motors automotive parts supply factory in eastern China. Preliminary investigations cite that metal dust, likely aluminum, produced from polishing hubcaps ignited, causing the explosion. This tragic event is another reminder that combustible dust remains