Chief Wallace Likes Sprinklers

Chief Wallace Likes Sprinklers

Chief Wallace, of the Cleveland, O., fire department, who is one of the most strenuous upholders of the installation of automatic sprinklers in all office buildings, hotels, schools and other places where in the fraction of a second a vast amount of damage may he done. Recently, in pointing out the necessity for adopting such measures, he said: “Such first aid augments the fire department the same as if you appointed so many more men. 7 he automatic sprinkler is, in fact, a stationary fireman who cannot he driven out by smoke. Smoke retards and prevents the conquering of a blaze more than any other one factor. Eliminate smoke and the efficiency of a firefighter is increased ->n per cent. If we have automatic sprinklers supplemented by a hydrant or connection in the street, we have a stationary hoseman who will not he overcome by exposure or drop front exhaustion.” The force of Chief Wallace’s statement is shown from the fact that in 1910 Minneapolis, Minn., was visited with a $2,500,000 fire, much of which loss might have been avoided if automatic sprinklers-had-been commonly adopted. Insurance companies, it was recently stated by Walter C. Leach, president of the Northeastern hire and Marine Insurance Company, when referring to the Minneapolis conflagration, are “making more money on the 25 cent rate with automatic sprinkler protection than on the $2.00 rate without sprinklers. It is perfectly obvious that the difference between these two figures would pay for the sprinkler equipment very quickly.”

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