Leadership

Personal Liability Laws

Issue 5 and Volume 69.

Personal Liability Laws There is a very encouraging tendency in recent state legislation toward the enactment of laws looking to the establishment of personal liability for the damage by preventable fires. This is a form of very just and very necessary preventive lawmaking. The fact has been well established that in the enormous fire losses of the country—amounting, according to the figures recently put out by the National Board of Fire Underwriters, to the staggering sum of $1,500,000,000 in the past five years—fully seventy per cent, of these tires have been of a preventable nature; that is to say, have been caused either by carelessness on the part oi some one or by the neglect of ordinary precautions in the first principles of Fire Prevention. In many of the countries of Europe stringent laws prevail, regulating the matter of personal liability for fires and assessing damages that others may suffer…

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