Leadership

CHRISTMAS SEASON NO HOLIDAY FROM DEATH AND DESTRUCTION

Issue 2 and Volume 107.

CHRISTMAS SEASON NO HOLIDAY FROM DEATH AND DESTRUCTION Fire Claims 77 Dead, Scores Injured as Christmas Trees Continue as a Hazard THE 1953 Christmas-New Years Holidays lived up to the prophecies of safety engineers who predicted all records of accidental deaths and injuries would be broken over the period from Thursday, Dec. 24, to Monday, Jan. 4. Total Yule holiday accidental deaths were 678—77 of them from fire. Actually, Christmas got into the papers some days before. Tree Flame-Proofing Campaign Pays Off Last holidays the Billerica, Mass., Fire Department, Fire Chief Paul H. Roper, prompted a safer Christmas by offering to spray Christmas trees with a fire resistant solution. Hundreds of local persons took advantage of this Offer, among them Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Desrosiers of Pond street, Nuttings Lake. Their tree, duly bedecked with ornaments, was given a downstairs front-room position, near a window, where all could see it.…

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