NATURAL GAS HAZARD AT CINCINNATI.

NATURAL GAS HAZARD AT CINCINNATI.

The local fire underwriters at Cincinnati have taken action in reference to the hazard of natural gas, which is being introduced into the city. It has been decided that natural gas is not extrahazardous, and that the existing policies will cover the hazard without notice. In new policies a natural gas clause will be inserted. Policy holders who desire to serve notice of the use of natural gas and have the same allowed in the policy can do so. The chief grounds for believing tht gas to be extra-hazardous was that it is odorless, which increases the danger of unnoticed accumulations in cellars in case of leaks, and consequently explosions and fires. 1 he ma^ jority sentiment was against this. To save trouble, however, the underwriters decided to add a natural gas clause, when asked for, reading that the policy covers all fire damage resulting from explosions of natural gas, but not damage resulting from explosions, if no fire follows. President Kenan of the Union Gas and Electric company, denies that natural gas is odorless. The natural gas now used in Cincinnati has a decided odor, resembling that of crude petroleum. A leak of natural gas can easily be detected by the odor. “In fact (he adds), natural gas is as safe an agent as the old artificial gas, and there is no occasion for any one to become alarmed about an increase of the fire-hazard.”

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