FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN IN ILLINOIS.
Illinois State Fire Marshal Walter H. Bennett and his assistants have recently completed the first half of a systematical survey of the fire hazard conditions in that State and plans are being made for a thorough campaign of fire prevention education that will complete a year’s work along these lines. The plan of the survey, which started at the beginning of the present year, was to send into every city men who enlisted the supported of civic organizations and City Councils. Lectures were given in schools, public buildings, business buildings and institutions of all kinds were visited and inspected, and reports on the conditions of these places with reference to their ability to withstand fires, were made. With the help of the fire department, each town was thoroughly inspected, and every possible space, where inflammable material might lodge, was overhauled. The reports made by the Fire Marshal’s department led, in many instances, to the eradication of hazardous conditions. When the campaign was started Fire Marsha! Bennett was of the opinion that it would be a reasonable undertaking to cover 50 cities and towns during 1916. At the close of the first half of the undertaking, June 30, twenty-eight towns and cities had actually been inspected. Better protection of life and property in public buildings, such as opera houses, motion picture theatres, public schools, churches and in fact every kind of building where people assemble in large numbers soon resulted in the towns where the survey was made.