Illinois Fire Marshal’s Bulletin
During the year 1916 fifty cities and towns in Illinois were inspected by the State Fire Marshal Department, and the work re-checked by deputies from the Department. In these inspections or surveys, defects with relation to the fire hazard are pointed out, and orders issued for their correction. These orders are re-checked and in almost every instance the corrections have been found to be made, states a bulletin issued by State Fire Marshal Walter H. Bennett. These inspections are made at the invitation of the city council of a city, and cover a survey of the business districts, schools and public buildings; talks are made to the pupils of the schools, which are illustrated with motion pictures, showing the dangers of fire, and how to avoid and prevent them. A public meeting is held at night in a hall or theatre building, at which an address is made by the State Fire Marshal, and a report given of the defects found, in that particular city. This form of survey will be continued during this year. The State Fire Marshal recently received a report of a fire caused by the friction created in rubbing furniture with gasoline. Owing to quick response on the part of the fire department, the damage was small. Another was caused by the igniting of a celluloid comb. A thirteen months old baby was playing with the comb and it is presumed placed it on live coals in the bottom draft of the stove, where it took fire and ignited the baby’s clothing. The fire was extinguished by the baby’s brother, a boy of seven years of age, but not until the child was severely burned.