Leadership

REDUCING BASEMENT FIRE HAZARDS

Issue 23 and Volume 78.

REDUCING BASEMENT FIRE HAZARDS A Plan Which Will Aid the Firemen in Visualizing the Nature of the Basement and Its Construction In all my experience as a fire-fighter I have found that basement fires are the most troublesome, dangerous and hardest to combat. Fires of this character are particularly hazardous when you do not know the construction of the basement. After many experiences with basement fires, I realized that some simple plan must be originated to give me and my men an instant mental picture of the construction of the basement in every business house in the city as a guide to reach and fight the fire successfully. On all side or front side walk openings, I had the following signs painted with red paint. Each sign was an explanation of the construction of each basement. In case of snow and ice these same markings are painted on building opposite…

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