Leadership

First-Aid Fire Extinguishing and Use of Chemical Fire Extinguishers

Issue 1 and Volume 15.

First-Aid Fire Extinguishing and Use of Chemical Fire Extinguishers (In Two Parts—Part One) FIRE, while universally available for the service of mankind, is always ready to inflict fearful punishment on ignorance or negligence in connection with its use, and we are continually reminded of the old adage, “Fire is a good servant but a bad master.” It is estimated that the amount of insured property destroyed by fire annually in the civilised world amounts to on an average, forty to fifty millions sterling. It is therefore surprising that with this enormous loss every year, so little attention is paid to the importance of dealing with fire. In this country about one-third of the fires are caused by lights being carelessly thrown down and to children playing with fire and matches. Defective construction, oil, gas, candles, electric and other forms of lighting and heating are mainly responsible for the remainder. The…

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