HOW TO PUT OUT EXPLODING LAMPS.
Policemen and firemen are frequently called into private houses to put out exploding lamps or clothing that has caught fire from an accident of the kind. When a lamp is blazing ceiling high, it requires considerable nerve to take hold of it and hurl it out of the window; but that is the simplest and best way to prevent disaster. If that is impossible, or if the boiling oil has got on the carpet or table cover, a shovelful of sand—or, failing sand, common soil—will generally do all that is necessary. The same applies to any one whose clothing is covered with oil and on fire. If he can lie down and have some soil shoveled on his clothes, the fire will go out instantly, whereas a dozen buckets of water would hurt him much worse than the fire. A bucket of sand standing in a cupboard in a room where a paraffin lamp is burned is a good precaution, and may check at the start what might otherwise be a most disastrous fire.