Falling Off in Fire Losses of October
Whether or not there is any significance in the figures in connection with the unusually universal observation of Fire Prevention Week—October 2 to 9—the fact remains that there was a substantial falling off in the amount of fire losses occurring during October from
those of September. The amount of October’s losses was $29,690,320. This was against for September of this year $39,290,050, a falling off of nearly ten million dollars. The record for the 10 months of 1922 is as follows:
The losses for October, 1921, were $20,205,800. The total for the 10 months of 1921 was $279,900,450.
The number of fires occurring in October whose losses equalled or exceeded $10,000 were 393 against in September 334, August 297, July 285, June 316, May 367, April 359, March 412, February 412, and January 407, making a grand total of 3,672. The fires of October are to be classified as follows: $200,000 and over, 25; $100,000 to $200,000, 30; $75,000 to $100,000, 14; $50,000 to $75,000, 32; $40,000 to $50,000, 17; $30,000 to $40,000, 26; $20,000 and $30,000, 60 and $10,000 to $20,000, 189. Of the fires equalling or exceeding $200,000 there were 15; $300,000, 2; $400,000, 4 and $500,000 and $600,000, one each.
There was an unusually small number of fires losses of one million dollars and over, there being two, one of which was a fire and explosion which destroyed the Smethport, Pa., Acetone Factory with a loss of $1,000,000 and the other the series if unusually severe forest fires in Canada and this country which totalled over $8,000,000.
There can be very little doubt, whether or not the agitation for Fire Prevention in connection with the week devoted to that subject had any direct relation to the lessening of the fire losses, that indirectly the influence of so wide an observance affected the result. Almost unconsciously the people, after the lessons brought home to them so vividly, would exercise more care in matters of Fire Prevention. The one need of importance now is to keep up the teachings and see that the good results already attained are not entirely lost.