Fire Prevention at Springfield, Mass.
Chief William H. Daggett, of the Springfield, Mass., fire department, in commenting upon the “fire prevention day” idea to a local newspaper, said that much valuable work in that direction is done by the men of his department in the inspections they make in the vicinity of their stations. All the men of the department take their turn at this work, covering regular routes and encouraging the householders and landlords to keep their premises in a neat and therefore a safe condition. This system is also valuable in that it makes the men familiar with the geography of the buildings in which they may sometime be called upon to fight tire. Reports arc made of all these inspections. Beside covering regular routes, the men also investigate any complaints that may come to the attention of the department. When they find premises in a disorderly condition they suggest improvements. If their suggestions arc not carried out the names of the negligent householder is reported to one of the officers of the department, who makes a further investigation. This policy has resulted in much improvement in the condition of the buildings o the eitv. Chief Daggett said, but there is still need for a wider public education, which, m Ins opinion, should be begun in the schools, especially in the primary grades. In tills way the ihildren would grow un with an idea of the importance of fire prevention and in many cases would educate their parents Such a system had been adopted successfully in other cities.