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SHOULD SEPARATE FIRE MAINS BE RELIED UPON ENTIRELY?

Issue 11 and Volume 77.

SHOULD SEPARATE FIRE MAINS BE RELIED UPON ENTIRELY? Author Argues That Under Certain Conditions They Need Not—History of High Pressure System—Separate Mains for Sprinklers Suggested IN the following article the author argues that it will be unnecessary. with proper laws and regulations and an efficient fire department, for modern cities, except those with unusual high value conditions, to instal separate high pressure fire systems. He, however, suggests the feasibility of a separate high pressure system to be devoted to the supply of the automatic sprinkler services of mercantile buildings in the high value districts as an excellent fire protection and an avoidance of the danger of conflagration. The introduction of separate fire main systems in American municipalities dates back to about 1900. Underwriters and fire department officials in the metropolitan cities at that time began to realize that the conflagration possibilities in business sections had far exceeded the available protective…

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