Drive Launched Against Fire in New York

Drive Launched Against Fire in New York

An intensive campaign has been launched by the committee on origin of fires of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, in an effort to improve fire conditions in the district of New York city bounded by the Hudson and East Rivers between Canal and Thirty-fourth streets. Speakers stated that 164 persons died in the city due to fire, an increase of 29 over the number of the year before.

The district in which the drive is under way is declared to be one of the most troublesome in the city, from the standpoint of fire hazards, because in it is located a large number of small industries, besides the garment centres and the fur industry.

Fire alarms increased in the four years from 1920 to 1924, from 14,638 to 27,557, and the increase has been noted mostly in the district mentioned.

Move Made to Guard Bellingham, Wash., Water—The city water board of Bellingham, Wash., recently authorized an ordinance which will prohibit the dumping of refuse or allowing refuse to be set adrift in Lake Whatcom. The ordinance is particularly aimed at the companies whose large lumbering operations are responsible for the present accumulation of debris.

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