An Object Lesson in Fire Prevention

An Object Lesson in Fire Prevention

The recent strike of the fire department of Cincinnati, Ohio, in which the city was without experienced firemen for eight days, may be taken as an illustration by all other cities of what can be done in the line of fire prevention when the public is really interested. When the strike began, on April 12th, volunteers were enrolled and word was sent to all business houses and property owners to take extraordinary care to avert danger of fires, as the city was practically unprotected. The result was that in the eight days during which the strike lasted the fire loss was $500, while the corresponding week in the preceding year the loss was $20,676, which amounted to a daily average loss of over $2,000—more in a single day of the careless period than in the whole week when every one felt a responsibility for the city’s safety. This is an excellent object lesson on the fact that the average fire is simply and solely the result of carelessness, and teaches that fire prevention campaigns should be held “early and often.”

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