Fire Prevention Report at Cleveland, O.
The first annual report of Assistant Chief C. B. Whyler of Cleveland, who is in charge of the fire prevention bureau, states that under his direction there has been a thorough inspection of the city by members of the department. The captain of every company details one fireman for the work. On this special assignment the fireman devotes his attention to the removal of rubbish from buildings and premises, to abating such hazards as swinging gas brackets, defective chimneys and improper stove settings, and to the giving of practical advice to property owners. He also familiarizes himself with the interior of every large building in his district, so that in case of fire he may give valuable information and advice to his superiors. Fire escapes and other safety appliances are also constantly watched, that they may be kept thoroughly serviceable. Chief Whyler made several recommendations for increasing the scope and efficiency of the bureau’s work, and repeats his suggestion of an ordinance to hold financially responsible property owners who through carelessnes are blameworthy in connection with conflagrations. In many European countries persons who sustain fire loss may recover damages in this manner and it has been found to stimulate cautibn to a marked degree. This pointed out that were Cleveland to enaet . such an ordinance it would tend to assure the co-operation of every property owner, and to make the entire city a kind of auxiliary fire prevention bureau.