The Harrington Group

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...read the full article

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...read the full article

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...read the full article

Hot Work Sparks a Grain Dust Explosion at Flagstaff Pet Food Manufacturer

Posted on Thursday, November 13th, 2014

According to investigators, a recent dust explosion in the Flagstaff Nestle Purina plant was caused by welders conducting hot work repairs on the facility’s grain elevators. The incident occurred on the afternoon of September 14, 2014, which was a Sunday when the plant had been shut down for the weekend for maintenance, including the hot...read the full article

Getting to Know Harrington Group Part 3: How Did You Know You Wanted to be a Fire Protection Engineer / Consultant?

Posted on Thursday, November 6th, 2014

It’s been so much fun sharing the stories of how our fire protection engineers and consultants ended up choosing their career paths. I hope you enjoyed reading Part 1 and Part 2. The journey continues on: Nolan McCarthy, Fire Protection Engineer, with Harrington Group for over four months: My path wasn’t one always directed at...read the full article