FIRE DRILLS IN KANSAS SCHOOLS.

FIRE DRILLS IN KANSAS SCHOOLS.

State Fire Marshal L. T. Hussey, of Kansas, in the third annual report of his department, for the year 1915, calls attention in strong terms to the importance of fire drills in schools. Fire Marshal Hussey’s report says: From the best information that can be obtained it would seem that during the school year of 1914-’15 regular fire drills were held in not to exceed 25 per cent, of the twoand three-story school buildings of the state. Through a systematic campaign carried on by this department, that percentage has been raised to between 95 and 100. A few weeks before school began the State Fire Marshal gave out an announcement through the press that the law would be rigidly enforced during the approaching school year. With the opening of school the principals of all buildings of more than one story were notified directly from this office, and blanks have been sent regularly each month calling for a report from each principal on the fire drill for that month in his building. The result was that by the end of the year regular monthly fire drills were being held in practically every building of more than one story in the state. The importance of these fire drills can not be emphasized too strongly. The Collinwood and Peabody disasters ought to be sufficient warning to all. Under the most favorable conditions a fire in a school building during school hours is fraught with grave danger. Nothing should be neglected that will contribute toward greater safety.

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