The Harrington Group

Spreading Fire Safety Awareness in the Community

Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2015

The holidays are over, which means the chances of starting a house fire via a deep-fried turkey or a knocked-over Christmas tree are considerably lower than they were in November and December. The year 2013 saw the lowest number of reported fires since the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) began recording them in 1977, but

Pinnacle Wood Pellet Explosion – What Really Happened?

Posted on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Three people were injured during an explosion at a wood pellet plant in Burns Lake, British Columbia last October. Wood pellet plants, like this one, take wood shavings and sawdust and compress them into pellets which can then be used as fuel for broilers or burned in wood stoves for heat. The process of manufacturing

NFPA Reports: 2013 Saw the Lowest Number of Fires since 1977

Posted on Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Every 25 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the United States. The overall number of reported fires has gone down drastically in the past few decades, and the year 2013 saw the lowest number since the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) began conducting a national fire loss survey in 1977. The

Eglin Incident: Weather, Water, and What We Learned

Posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Following the incident at Eglin Air Force Base’s Hangar 130, an investigation produced recommendations regarding High Expansion Foam (HEF) suppression systems in three major areas: “changes to HEF suppression system configuration, incident and rescue operations, and HEF system-equipped hangar worker training.” Because this is of great interest to Harrington Group, Inc. we reviewed the investigator’s

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