LOSSES OF OHIO BARNS BY FIRE.

LOSSES OF OHIO BARNS BY FIRE.

Fire Marshal Creamer, of Ohio, says that the losses on barns and their contents in that State last year aggregated over $1,037,000—more than double the amount of the losses in 1901, the increase being due partly to the more general use of farm machinery. Sweating hay and lightning are the chief causes of bam fires, the former either igniting spontaneously or giving out a mass of vapor which acts as a lightning conductor into the barn. In 500 lightning fires investigated by the fire marshal’s department last year, no building had a modern lightning rod on it, while the only building with a rod reported as having been struck this year was one on which the rod, installed thirty years ago, was improperly grounded.

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