The Harrington Group

NFPA Recognized for Standard Development Response

Posted on Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Earlier this month, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) issued to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) its highest level of approval for exceeding the agency’s recommendations in the development of NFPA 56: Standard for Fire and Explosion Prevention During Cleaning and Purging of Flammable Gas Piping Systems. In June 2010, the CSB urged NFPA...read the full article

Recent Industrial Dryer Fire: Top Lesson Learned

Posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Last month, Kentucky firefighters responded to a fire inside a large, industrial dryer at the R.R. Donnelley plant located in Dannville. The dryer is used to dry ink on magazines after they are printed, using extremely hot air. According to Fire Chief Woody Ball, an unidentified mechanical failure caused resin to build up inside of...read the full article

Three Strategies to Minimize Loss from Industrial Oven and Dryer Fires

Posted on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Last month, fire broke out in a production oven processing a rubber product at American National Rubber Co., located in Ceredo, West Virginia. No injuries were reported in the incident. The fire ignited inside the oven, apparently from self-heating of an accumulation of combustible residue. The fire spread into the exhaust ductwork, also facilitated by...read the full article

Florida Propane Explosion Likely Caused by Equipment Failure and Human Error

Posted on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

The Florida State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the massive propane explosion that recently injured eight people at the Blue Rhino propane plant located in Tavares. Local authorities do not suspect arson or foul play, but do believe that human error and equipment failure may have caused the blast. The Blue Rhino facility...read the full article

Massive Fire at Boston Warehouse Causes $1 Million in Damages

Posted on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Earlier this month, Boston firefighters were called to a three-story warehouse fire at the U.S. Coast Guard station located on Commercial Street. The facility is used to repair boats. Thankfully, no injuries were reported during the incident; however, damages are estimated to be approximately $1 million. On its official Twitter account, the Boston Fire Department...read the full article