Fire Prevention Ordinances Adopted by 12 Cities
Eleven Florida cities and the City of Duncan, Oklahoma, recently have adopted modern fire prevention ordinances, making a total of twenty-four municipalities which are known to have enacted such legislation within the past year, it was announced by W. E. Mallalieu, General Manager of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, and Harold N. Mann, Chairman of the Fire Prevention Committee of the National Association of Insurance Agents.
Cities in Florida which have adopted fire prevention ordinances are Clearwater, Daytona Beach, DeLand, Gainesville, Gulfport, Lakeland, Live Oak, Longwood, Lynn Haven, Marineland and Orange City. The Florida Association of Insurance Agents and J. Edwin Larson, State Fire Marshal of Florida, were largely instrumental in convincing municipal authorities in these cities of the need for modern fire prevention ordinances. These cities have been added to the honor roll of twelve cities which previously had adopted similar ordinances. All of them have received, or will receive, Fire Defense Citations in recognition of the public service they have rendered to their citizens.
Adoption of the Suggested Fire Prevention Ordinance recommended by the National Board of Fire Underwriters has been advocated by that organization and the National Association of Insurance Agents since early last fall. To date approximately 1,000 organizations and individuals have indicated their desire to have such an ordinance adopted to help preserve the nation’s material resources against destruction by fire. The total includes thirty-seven State associations of insurance agents and 195 local associations. The remaining 800 comprises individual agents, fire department and other public officials, insurance company representatives, luncheon clubs and other civic organizations. More than 5,500 copies of the ordinance have been distributed.