Girl ushers in Chicago theatres have encountered the disapproval of the bureau of fire prevention. An ordinance requiring all theatres to employ men ushers was sent to the council last week at the instance of John C. McDonnell, chief of the bureau. “Girl ushers are not equal to men in times of emergency, such as fires and panics.” said McDonnell. A number of Chicago theatres have employed girl ushers for several years.
A novel plan to educate the public in fire prevention has been presented to the Texas State Fire Insurance Commission. It is suggested that the commissii^n importune all makers of moving picture, films in Texas to add a clear statement in every film showing a fire, giving the cause, and how it could have been prevented; also further suggestion as to safety and what should be done in such an emergency. The commission is heartily in favor of the scheme, but has no means of compelling the insertion of such statements in moving picture films.
Fire Commissioner Grady, of Boston, is having firemen tack up signs with the following lettering, in all business houses and factories in that city:
In case of fire
Your fire alarm box No. is Located at.
Open outside door
Pull down hook and, if possible, WAIT to direct fire apparatus
KEEP HALLS. STAIRWAYS AND AISLES TO EXITS AND FIRE ESCAPES FREE OF OBSTRUCTIONS
Keep premises clean and free of rubbish Put ashes and oily or greasy materials In metal receptacles with metal covers Close Fire doors and shutters
Help reduce the fire loss.
An inspection of the entire city of East Orange, N. J., with a view to discovering and removing such fire hazards as may exist is now in progress under the supervision of Chief William E. Markwith. The city has been divided into five districts, for each of which one or more captains of the department will be held responsible. After the whole city has been covered and report has been made to the chief, that official will personally inspect places where hazards are found to exist to see that instructions left by the first inspector have been obeyed.