Safety Steps to Control Cotton Fires

Issue 10 and Volume 101.

Safety Steps to Control Cotton Fires A five-point campaign to reduce cotton bale fire losses has been proposed by the National Cotton Council and its facilities, the Agricultural Extension Services, the National Cotton Ginners Association and the National Cotton Compress & Cotton Warehouse Association. It is reported that 100,000 bales were destroyed in the 1945-46 season and that for the 1947 season 81 per cent of the cotton fires originated in “firepacked bales.” Firepacked bales are caused by trash such as rocks or nieta:, striking against gin machinery and igniting the cotton. The Council is having displayed in gins, warehouses and compresses a poster bearing the following warning advising workers to: Not smoke or carry matches. Guard against rocks and metals in seed cotton, which might strike against gin machinery and ignite cotton being ginned. Keep gin and warehouse plants and equipment clean and free from trash. Keep informed on…

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