Fire Prevention in New England
At the annual meeting of the Underwriters’ Bureau of New England, held in Boston, Mass., early this month, Manager Gorham Dana reported that the regular work of the bureau this year was greatly interfered with by the cold spell of last January, which necessitated special work on sprinkler freeze-ups for six weeks. The bureau did a large amount of work for the Fire Prevention Section of the War Industries Board by sending it a vast amount of information on munition plants and loaning it an inspector from May to November. The fire losses in the New England plants inspected by the bureau increased from $3,282,311 in 1917 to $3,958,659 this year. Eightyseven of the 592 fires reported were caused by smoking; 50 were caused by spontaneous combustion, and 50 were from an unknown cause. The following officers were elected: Gorham Dana, secretary; George Neiley, treasurer. W. B. Medlicott was elected chairman of the executive committee.