Inspections Bring Lower Insurance Rates
Because of the systematic inspections made by the fire department, Chief George E. Landrey of Troy, Ohio, has been instrumental in reducing the insurance rates of the town.
He makes regular trips through the business district inspecting alleys as well as basements. Should he find a pile of rubbish, he inquiries of the one in charge of the store or property if there is anything in the pile of value. The answer gives him the angle upon which he should base his fire prevention talk. By explaining in a very courteous manner the hazards of the rubbish pile, the co-operation of the owner is always obtained.
Chief Landrey writes as follows:
“I have found out that one can catch more flies with sugar than with vinegar and that courtesy pays. In 1914, I have had an ordinance passed which would permit the fire department inspections. I immediately set to work on bad flues and roofs which were then the most important hazards. Once the department commenced to make inspections, it was not long before the people saw the benefits to be derived, and they helped considerably. By keeping at the work continually, we have been able to reduce the insurance rates and the city expects another reduction in rates within another short period.
“An asset in this work is for the chief to keep aloof from politics and as far as possible, to keep his mouth shut. Fire prevention requires that the idea should be hammered into the public continually.
“School children are the best means for the propagation of printed literature, circulars and so forth. In this way, the printed message is brought before the attention of the parents. For the past number of years, our fire loss has been about two to three thousand dollars, which I believe is commendable. The department only consists of five paid men—two on day, two on night duty and myself. In addition, we have a comparatively large area to cover.”
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