GASOLINE AND ALCOHOL.
If alcohol is spilled and ignited, the fire can be put out at once by water, for water will mix with alcohol. If gasoline is spilled and ignited, throwing water on it has no effect but to carry the flaming material across the room, as gasoline uses a waterway as an avenue of travel, and only a deluge of water will smother it. The only way to nut out its flame is by keeping oxygen away from it. This is best done by the use of the chemical engine; a chemical fire-extinguisher, or by throwing over it bedclothes, dry earth, sand or other powder. The flour barrel is a good fire apparatus in gasoline fires. Alcohol may with safety be handled after dark in stores or elsewhere. The same does not apply to gasoline, however. If that fluid is handled at night, its vapor will find the light and explode.
At Kennct, Cal., as a prevention against the spread of a possible fire into the interior of his brick business building. V. E. Warren has procured from Pennsylvania a big asbestos awning which, when needed, can be almost instantly dropped into position in front of the building, and all heat from the outside effectually shut out. I he awning is 23 ft. wide by 15 deep. When not needed, it will remain in a neat roll close to the corner of the building.