KANSAS FIRE PREVENTION ASSOCIATION.
The Kansas Fire Prevention association has just been organised. It is formed of fire insurance general and special agents in Kansas. The membership embraces all fire companies operating in the State and is open to all insurance men who desire to cooperate for the prevention of conflagrations. Its object is to prevent fires. This, it is expected, will be in a large measure accomplished by inspection of conditions in the various districts and a close watch upon conditions in the fire departments, the water supply, the electrical wirings, and the fire limits. It is proposed to make suggestions to the various boards of public works in the cities of the State and to point out defects in systems and methods as they are found. The association will make efforts to have the right men placed where they will do the most good. It will endeavor to have members of city councils appointed on boards and committees where their business training will be of value to the municipality and to the fire insurance companies. The best association in the United States is in Texas, and it is to its work that the remarkable freedom from fires in that State is attributed. There is a smaller percentage of loss by fire in Texas than in any other State. Missouri has prepared the preliminaries for an association, and it is understood that the attorney general has approved the plans and bye-laws, and that a meeting will be held in a few weeks to effect an organisation. The suggestions to be made by the association, if acted upon, will reduce the number of fires by eliminating the danger. The reduction of the number of fires will be followed by a reduction in insurance rates. It is found that the authorities everywhere are ready to receive and act upon the advice the insurance men give them. There arc countless instances where fires owe their origin to had wiring or to insufficient care in keeping waste and inflammable materials off the premises. The work now had in view is directed at all classes of ignorance and carelessness. The officials of the State of Kansas have promoted the association to the full extent of their power. The power of the association in a legal way will be very slight. It is intended as an advisory association. But its influence on the companies will be very great, and will be felt in the rates, for the close inspection of conditions in new buildings and in the fire protection of buildings already constructed will be a constant and prominent reminder to the owners and to the city authorities that there must lie vigilance, if the increased rates due to adverse reports of the association would lie guarded against.