Chief Broderick Warns Detroit
Chief Broderick, of Detroit. Mich., has issued a series of seasonable warnings to the public, which, it acted up to, will prove helpful in the way of fire prevention. The chief calls attention first of all to the carelessness of smokers, who throw cigar and cigarette stubs out of windows and matches into piles of rubbish. Gas jets allowed to burn near open windows, oily rags, the use of gasoline in cleaning or destroying vermin, etc., he assigns as the most frequent causes of fire. The chief also cites the danger of stuffing a stove or a furnace full of papers and rubbish and then bring up. “When gasoline catches fire, don’t try to put it out with water: call the department.” is his advice, and when the children want to make a bonfire get them out on the front lawn instead of causing them to sneak hack of the barn. Hand fire extinguishers he regards as excellent auxiliary protection. The greatest niunBER of fires in Detroit, he says, are caused by the careless use of matches.