Issue 23 and Volume 61.

TO CURB THE FIRE LOSS. Special and wide attention has recently been called by the annual meeting of the National Board of Fire Underwriters to the large fire losses in this country since the commencement of the war in Europe, notably the increase in the past year, the heavy loss incurred in the past year from munitions disasters being commented upon. The expansion of munitions manufacturing and in some instances an increase in carelessness due to the extra activity in some manufacturing lines are undoubtedly responsible for many of the serious fires that have occurred, but, while this is so, a glance at the figures for the year previous and for years before the war began reveals losses of large dimensions, and we must not forget that it was these heavy losses in normal times which gave rise to the fire prevention campaign which has produced such good, substantial results…

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