Less Deaths and Injuries from Fire this Year in Indiana
A reduction of 28 in the number of deaths from fire in Indiana for the first six months of the present year over the same period last year, and a reduction of 63 in the number of people burned, not seriously, for the same period, is shown by statistics kept by the Indiana state fire marshal. During the half year ending June 30, there were 39 burned to death in the state, 13 of which were due to gasoline or kerosene burns, and 26 from other fire causes. For the first six months of last year, there were 31 deaths from gasoline or kerosene burns, and 36 from other burns, or a total of 67. The use of gasoline or kerosene in starting fires was responsible for a large number of deaths, with “children playing with matches” a close second, according to figures prepared by the fire marshal. In the list of persons receiving non-fatal burns from gasoline and kerosene, there is a reduction from 45 for the first six months of last year, to 16 for the first six months of the present year. The number of those receiving non-fatal burns from other fire causes than gasoline and kerosene is reduced from 64 during the first six months of 1918, to 30 for the first half of the present year. The total number injured, by burns, January 1 to June 30 of last year was 109, and for a like period this year is only 46, a reduction of 63. These figures prove one thing particularly, says the state fire marshal: gasoline, carelessly handled, or used about the house in starting fires, in gasoline stoves, or for cleaning purposes, is extremely dangerous, and should never be used except with the greatest care; that gasoline or coal oil should never be used for starting fires in stoves; that gasoline, if used at all, should only be used out of doors or in a well-ventilated room, after making sure that no open light or flame is left burning.