Fire Loss Decrease in New York

Fire Loss Decrease in New York

Fire Commissioner Robert Adamson, of New York City, announced last week that for the first six months of this year there was a reduction of $1,132,112 in the loss by fire as compared with last year and a reduction of 77 in the number of fires. There was a remarkable reduction in the number of cellar fires, owing to the system of monthly inspections by members of the uniformed force. There was an increase in the number of fires in private homes, due to acts of carelessness of individuals, a source of fires which the Commissioner states that it is impossible to eradicate except by educating the people to better habits. “The Fire Prevention Bureau has no power to go into people’s homes to regulate their habits,” said the Commissioner. “All we can do is. by constant publicity, try to teach them.” The semi-annual reduction shown in the fire loss amounted, in Manhattan, The Bronx and Richmond, to $590,057, and in Brooklyn to $542,455. In Manhattan, The Bronx and Richmond the number of fires for the first six months of the year was precisely the same as for the same period last year, while in Brooklyn and Queens there were 77 fewer fires. There were 1,331 fires in dwellings and 3,227 fires in tenement houses, a total of 4,558 in houses out of a total of 7,023 fires in all. There were 490 fires in factories and there were 24 fires in schools and colleges. In furnished room and boarding houses there were 79. There were 85 garage fires, 8 hospital fires, 61 hotel fires, 21 theatre fires, 232 fires in lofts and business buildings, 13 moving picture fires, 14 lumber vard fires, 7 fires in churches and 51 fires in offices. “The great pumber of fires,” said the Fire Commissioner, “contmue to occur in the people’s homes. Gut of a total of 7,023 fires, 4,698 of these occurred in dwellings, tenements, hotels, boarding houses and rooming houses. They are practically all traceable to careless smokers, to carelessness with matches, with gas jets, furnaces, cleaning fluids, ashes, etc. If we can only get the people to help we can have an amazing reduction in the number of fires. The reduction we have had this year in the face of a rapidly increasing population and the extraordinary reduction in the fire loss show the effective work of the Fire Prevention Bureau,, but the reduction of fires in private homes,, territory which we have no authority to reach^ must come from the people themselves.”

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