Leadership

Something New in Fire Protection.

Issue 20 and Volume 1892 12.

Something New in Fire Protection. During the progress of the Lynn fire. November 26, 1889, a striking fact was noticed by a prominent citizen who is connected with one of the chief enterprises, namely, that the fire was most readily limited in its progress by reaching buildings which were coated with white paint, and that the darker buildings took fire very rapidly on account of the absorption of the radiant heat from the adjacent burning buildings. It is a well known fact that a person receiving radiant heat will be much more affected if he wears dark clothes than if he wears white, which latter reflects the rays. It is also a wellknown fact that it is almost impossible to set a piece of white paper on fire by a burning glass, but that the presence of a dark spot, such as print, at once gives a point of vantage…

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