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HGI’s Charlotte Office Welcomes Fire Protection Consultant, Kyle Collins!

Kyle Collins and his wife, Kelli. Harrington Group is pleased to welcome a new fire protection consultant to the team, Kyle Collins, who has been settling in our Charlotte office. Like a lot of engineers, Kyle’s initial…

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Halloween Fire Safety: Costumes, Candy, Candles, Oh My!

About 10,100 fires were reported to local stations on Halloween from 2014 to 2016, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Don’t let those numbers spook you, though — there are plenty of things you can do to keep yourself…

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US Fire Departments Respond to a Fire Every 24 Seconds: What Else has the NFPA Found in the 2017 Fire Loss Report?

Every year, the NFPA conducts a fire experience survey and compiles a fire loss report. The number of structure fires has steadily decreased over the past 40 years, with 1,098,000 in 1977 and 449,000 in 2017. Nearly 30,000…

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Fire Prevention Week 2018: Look. Listen. Learn. Be Aware. Fire Can Happen Anywhere.

We’ve come a long way since the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, which killed hundreds of people and destroyed more than 17,000 structures. Fire prevention and protection technologies have evolved and improved drastically since the…

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Part 5: Historic Fires that Shaped Building Codes, Fire Codes, and Standards – Conclusions

It often takes a tragedy to highlight the need for code changes. Tragic fires have shaped our building codes, fire codes, and fire safety standards over time, to incorporate the lessons learned from historic fire events. As…

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Part 4: Historic Fires that Shaped Building Codes, Fire Codes, and Standards – Cocoanut Grove Nightclub, Boston, MA – (492 deaths) November 28, 1942

The Cocoanut Grove was a popular nightclub in Boston, MA where young people went to celebrate special occasions with friends. The building was created from an agglomeration of buildings comprising a one-story structure with a…

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Part 3: Historic Fires that Shaped Building Codes, Fire Codes, and Standards – Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, New York, NY – (146 deaths) March 25, 1911

The Triangle Shirtwaist Company employed more than 500 people, mostly young immigrant women, and occupied the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors of the Asch Building located in Washington Square at the corner of Washington Place and…

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Part 2: Historic Fires that Shaped Building Codes, Fire Codes, and Standards – Iroquois Theater, Chicago, IL – (602 deaths) December 30, 1903

The Iroquois Theater in Chicago was dubbed “absolutely fireproof” by the owners of the theater since it was a concrete structure, but it would become the tragic site of a deadly fire, just 37 days after it opened for business,…

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Part 1: Historic Fires that Shaped Building Codes, Fire Codes, and Standards

The main purpose of building and fire codes is to ensure the quality and safety of commercial and residential building structures. These codes set the minimum requirements to safeguard the occupants of a building, and to…

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Fire Protection Engineers: Registration is Open for the 14th Annual SFPE Greater Atlanta Fire Safety Conference

Registration is now open for the 14th Annual SFPE Greater Atlanta Fire Safety Conference. This informative conference will be held on March 13th & 14th at the Infinite Energy Center (formerly the Gwinnett Center), located…

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Harrington Group, Inc. Names Angie Fuqua and Nolan McCarthy Principal Owners

Harrington Group, Inc. Names Angie Fuqua and Nolan McCarthy Principal Owners Harrington Group is proud to announce that two of our esteemed fire protection engineers, Angie Fuqua and Nolan McCarthy, have been promoted to the…

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O, Christmas Tree – Protect Your Home and Family This Holiday Season

If you’ve been pining for the perfect tree since the moment you swallowed the last bite of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, we can’t blame you. Who doesn’t want to spruce up their home as the holiday approaches? But, if you’re…

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Thanksgiving Cooking – The Dangers of Deep Frying Turkeys

In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to about 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day, an increase from 1,550 in 2013. As the trend of deep-frying the Turkey Day gobbler continues to grow, so does the number of…

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Building Construction Types

Building materials are, unsurprisingly, often at the center of discussions about fire damage, as we saw earlier this year following the destruction of a mid-construction apartment building in Raleigh, North Carolina. It makes…

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By the Numbers: A Look at U.S. Fire loss in 2016

By Friday, October 13, more than 3,500 homes and businesses across Northern California wine country had been destroyed and 31 people had died in the deadliest week for wildfires in California’s history. As we continue to think…

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