To Reduce Fire Hazard in Schools

Issue 3 and Volume 66.

To Reduce Fire Hazard in Schools A recent announcement that the fire insurance companies had found school houses losing risks and were contemplating a general advance in school house premium rates has drawn attention to the fact that, from being a building which was used a few hours a day, five days in the week and kept locked the rest of the time, the schoolhouse in many instances has become a combination of machine shop, woodwork, hotel, theater, and moving picture house. Manual training and vocational education have brought in the wood and metal working hazards, training in domestic science has brought in the hotel and kitchen features, and the general tendency to make the school a social center for the community has resulted in the building being lighted and heated outside of the usual hours and given it many of the hazards of the entertainment hall. There have been…

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