Method of Fire Prevention.
Fire prevention, according to the fire marshal of Pennsylvania, means the elimination, or preventing the construction of all conditions by which fire can originate, and providing for the extinguishment of fires that may occur. The subject is so wide and opens a field of almost inexhaustive outline that a summary will better indicate for discussion the methods that should be specifically advocated. Fire invariably originates through a combination of circumstances, so manifestly clear, that exercise of common sense would avoid virtually all possibility of its occurrence. In the elimination of this combination fire does not start, but in the efforts for prevention it must be borne in mind the large attributed human elements of carelessness, indifference and neglect, a combination of near criminality, which can be offset only by individual responsibility. Fire prevention is nothing more than common sense and forethought applied to our buildings and to the equipment installed. The house and furnishings we call home, which should be “the dearest spot on earth,” while the mill and factory are the sources through which our subsistence is possible. Yet in view of this, the average citizen to an unwarranted degree remains indifferent to conditions which lie has from time to time learned had been the cause of some terrible conflagration duo to carelessness to conform to the laws for prevention.