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A Forensic Engineer Gives Thanks

When I train a group of new engineers, I often begin by asking them to reach over their shoulders to give themselves a pat on the back. Why? For entering into a profession for which I believe they should be thankful.  I became an engineer because I always loved figuring things out, and during my long career, no other discipline …

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Space Heaters

DonanEngineering Appliance, Product & Component Failures, Component Testing, Fire Investigation, Residential & Commercial Structure Fires

A space heater is a device designed to warm a small area.  These devices are typically portable, but the category does include gas- and wood-fueled models that are permanently installed; however, these are not the focus of this article. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported that “in 2010, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 57,100 reported U.S. home structure …