Fire Prevention and the Safety Congress

Fire Prevention and the Safety Congress

The program of the eighth annual safety congress of the National Safety Council, which is to be held at Cleveland, Ohio, on October 1 to 4, presents one very remarkable and, it seems to us, very serious omission. Looking carefully over the entire program, it was possible to discover but one instance where the subject of fire prevention is even remotely referred to. The convention, besides the general sessions, is divided into a series of sectional meetings, such as the Cement Section, the Chemical, Construction, Electric Railway, etc. In only one of these sectional conferences is the subject of fire fighting or fire prevention touched—that of the Mining Section. Two papers, one on “Fire Prevention in Anthracite Coal Mines and Necessary Equipment for Fighting Fires”, and the other, “The Effective Use of Rescue Apparatus in the Fighting of Mine Fires”, are here listed. Now it strikes us that the National Safety Council has missed a very fine opportunity to bring to notice a very essential part of public safety, and one upon which the American public is sadly in need of education—the prevention of loss of life and accidents through fire. If the subject is important enough to warrant two papers in the Mining Section, why no reference in any other? Surely the danger is as great in the paper mill, the elevator, the packing house. Why not a Fire Prevention Section? This would open up an entirely new field for the Council, and one that would be extremely fruitful of good results in the general safety of the public. It would cover a line of endeavor of which, judging from the program before us, this very valuable association has not even touched the outer edges. The suggestion is respectfully offered to its officers.

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