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The Importance of Proper Waterflow Switch Testing

If you are reading this blog, then you are likely more aware than most of the importance of sprinkler system inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM). One of our recent projects involved our client, a tenant, moving into a…

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Fire Prevention Tips for Wood Pellet Plants

My last blog discussed the dangers of wood pellet plant facilities and included an overview of several recent incidents. Today, I would like to review a few fire prevention tips for wood pellet plants. The process of…

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What Lesson Can We Take From Massive Brazil Sugar Fire?

In October, a massive fire ignited approximately 180,000 tons of sugar and tore through six warehouses at Copersucar, one of Brazil’s, and the world’s, largest sugar operations. The fire was said to have started in a conveyor…

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Fire Hazards and Fire Code Pitfalls When Increasing Your Occupancy Load

As an architect, you want to design a building that meets the owner’s needs and allows you to be creative at the same time. The balancing act can be difficult when you are wedged between the extensive fire code requirements for…

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Is Egress Analysis Impacted during Your Incremental Build Projects?

Travel distance and means of egress have become increasingly popular concerns. As owners expand buildings, they often increase the distance to the nearest exit to the point of violating code requirements. We recently consulted…

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Cost-Effective Fire Hazard Mitigation

Fire protection engineering is normally understood by its technical appliances like sprinklers, fire alarms, and fire hazard warning signs. Although these tools are extremely effective at reducing risk and dealing with…

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Fire Protection Engineering Standards for Welding and Hot Work Hazards

Hot appliances and open flames are a proven source of danger for maintenance and repair crews. Between 1990 and 2010, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) identified over 60 fatalities resulting from…

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How Can Due Diligence Reduce your Fire Risk?

What is Due Diligence? According to Wikipedia: "Due diligence" is a term used for a number of concepts involving either an investigation of a business or person prior to signing a contract, or an act with a certain standard of…

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If Your Fire Protection System Malfunctions, Do You Know What To Do?

Accidents happen. Murphy’s Law clearly states that, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” Engineers, like Fire Protection Engineers, focus on all of the potential ways something can go wrong and work to minimize the…

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FM Global Relaxes Requirements for Very High Flashpoint “Ignitable” Liquids

The newly published FM Global Data Sheet 7-29 on flammable and combustible liquids (now called “Ignitable liquids”) incorporates the very long awaited special consideration for high flashpoint liquids – those having a…

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Property Loss Control Services Help Client Avoid $500K in Insurance Surcharges

How can property loss control services make a difference to your HPR insurance premium? The HPR property insurance underwriter for a confectionery manufacturer issued a warning that additional reinsurance of about $500,000…

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Using Forensic Fire Engineering to Investigate Suppression Failures

Forensic Fire Engineering Investigation of the Accidental Discharge and Catastrophic Failure of a Gaseous Fire Suppression System A large telecommunications company utilized high-pressure gaseous fire extinguishing systems to…

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Property Loss Control Services Save Client Over $120,000

A carpet manufacturer in Glasgow, Virginia retained Harrington Group for property loss control services after receiving a report from their HPR insurance carrier that contained a mandatory recommendation to provide an…

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