Augusta Annual Report
Augusta, Ga., last year, according to the annual report of Chief F. G. Reynolds, had 455 alarms, of which 323 were bell, 122 telephone, 2 verbal and 8 out of city. The loss on buildings and contents was $77,251.19, insurance paid $77,521.19. The weekly inspection of buildings by one of the captains in the business district has given good results and invariably meets with the co-operation of the tenant and property owner. Periodical inspections are also made by the different captains, of hotels, laundries, opera house, moving picture shows, hospitals, manufacturing plants, wholesale warehouses, etc. The report further says: “The gasoline ordinance recently passed by the city council should meet with the approval of every citizen. It is not only a protection for the property owner but a safeguard to the lives of the firemen who come directly in dangerous contact with gasoline fires. I recommend that section 659 of the city code be repealed. Under this section 56 pounds or less may be kept in a store in tin canisters, marked ‘gunpowder’ and placed in a conspicuous place, within 10 feet of the main entrance. Modern fire arms require shell ammunition, and there is no reason why a merchant should carry gun powder in stock, simply to accommodate those who use the muzzle-loading shotgun or cap-andball pistol. A rigid inspection should be made of all new wiring, to prevent short circuits, the proper grounding of wires, should also be enforced. Old wiring should be condemned when considered unsafe, and new wiring ordered installed in place. Electrical apparatus installed in moving picture shows should conform strictly to the national electric code and a permit obtained from the city electrician before any moving picture apparatus could be operated. This precaution would add to the safety of the patrons of moving picture theatres.” Recommendations: Motor chemical engine, airless tires for automobiles and additional horses purchased.