FOURTH OF JULY SAFETY.
For some years past the fruits of the efforts for a safe and sane Fourth of July have been apparent, and this year the effort has been more widespread than ever, with indications for a corresponding increase in public safety. This is as it should be. In New York City Fire Commissioner Adamson, as told recently, revoked all permits for the sale of fireworks in the city and also suggested that every city of ten thousand or more population in the United States take similar action. Close upon this announcement came word that at a meeting of chiefs of Berkshire County, Mass., the chiefs from Lee, Great Barrington, Adams, Williamstown, Dalton, Cheshire, North Adams, Stockbridge, Lenox and Pittsfield voted not to issue any permits for the sale of fireworks this year. Governor Goodrich of Indiana issued an open letter to the people of the state, suggesting to city and town councils that ordinances be at once passed prohibiting the use of fireworks, toy balloons, etc., in Independence Day celebrations, and State Fire Marshal H. H. Friedley sent out to mayors, town clerks and sheriffs a model for such ordinances. Action of similar character to these has also been taken in many other parts of the country, and the extra impetus given to the movement for safe and sane celebrations should bring a lower fire loss due to Fourth of July fireworks and also a decrease in injury to people.