FIRE PROTECTION IN OHIO PLANTS.
That investigation by the Fire Prevention Association of Ohio, the Ohio Inspection Bureau and the State Fire Marshal’s office has shown that hundreds of industrial plants, some making war munitions, in the state are inadequately protected against fire is pointed out in a statement from Fire Marshal T. A. Fleming’s office, which details some of the conditions found. The statement declares one of the biggest “mistakes” in water systems to be dead ends. The point is made that beside having little or no circulation, “dead end” connections for water supply very frequently get stopped up with sand, mud and debris and the pipe loses from 50 to 66 2/3 per cent, of its efficiency. In a recent fire in a half million dollar building containing contents worth $250,000 the water supply was found to come not only from dead ends, but from hydrants located across two main line railway tracks. It was estimated a circulatory system passed under the tracks would have made possible an increase in pressure from 35 pounds to 80 pounds, and the danger and difficulties of stringing hose across used tracks eliminated. It was found in anothei case that the dead end hydrant was so close to the burning building that it was impossible for the firemen to work, the hose being burned as fast as coupling was attempted. In a city of 3,000 it was found that there was not sufficient water to fight a fire. It is evident that such investigations as that in Ohio can be made valuable factors in increasing the fire protection throughout the country, with adequate water supply equipment at plants and the placing in service of modern fire apparatus in small towns such as those referted to.