Continued Reduction in Fire Losses

Continued Reduction in Fire Losses

The fire losses in the United States and Canada for the month of May, according to the records on file in the offices of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING, show the continued decrease since March of this year. Aside from the month of March, in which there was considerable of a jump in losses, the declination has been steady since the beginning of the year. The losses by months for 1923, 1924 and 1925 are as follows:

1923 1924 1925

January ………… $26,276,300 $38,440,350 $34,027,550

February ……….. 38.855.650 34.820.900 26,849.400

March ………….. 33.595.900 32.645.050 31,050.000

April …………… 37.954.157 29,067.610 25.537.600

May ……………. 29,953.800 33.757.700 23,622.300

Totals for 5 months $166,635,807 $168,731,610 $141,086,850

On the other hand, the number of fires whose losses equal or exceeded ten thousand dollars have varied considerably in the previous months of the year, there being in May 400 such fires, as compared with 566 fires in April, 393 in March, 348 in February and 473 in January.

The fires equalling or exceeding $10,000 which occurred during May may be classified as follows: $10,000 to $20,000. 175; $20,000 to $30,000, 53; $30,000 to $40,000, 29; $40,000 to $50,000. 33; $50,000 to 75,000. 28; $75,000 to $100,000, 44; $100,000 to $200,000, 23; $200,000 to $300,000. 8; $300,000 to $400,000, 3; $400,000 to $500,000. 1; $500,000 to $600,000, 1 ; and two of about $1,000,000. The last mentioned fires were in the J. Ray Arnold Lumber Mill and four dwellings in Groveland, Florida, and in 23 stores and residences. 3 moving picture houses, one bank, and a factory in St. Joseph D’Alma, Quebec.

The record for the year 1925 up to date certainly is encouraging and unless there is a change for the worse, the losses will be considerably less than for 1924. Of course it is still too early for fire preventionists to begin to congratulate themselves on the year’s record, but the element of encouragement is there and should stimulate all interested in reducing the fire losses to extra efforts to accomplish this desired end.

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