Fires in Hospitals

Issue 3 and Volume 73.

Fires in Hospitals In 1919 and 1920 some 870 fires occurred in hospitals in the United States. The National Board of Fire Underwriters is responsible for this statement, 406 occurring in 1919 and 464 in 1920. This, it will be seen, is an average of more than one fire per day in both of these years. That such a condition of affairs could be possible in this modern age, with its teachings on Fire Prevention, seems well nigh incredible but one has only to look back over the record of 1922 to realize this truth. The year just past will probably fully come up to the record of previous ones in this respect. The causes of hospital fires, as tabulated by the National Board show another significant fact. It is that the greatest number of hospital fires arose, not from any internal defect or carelessness on the part of the…

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