Ohio July Fire Losses
State Fire Marshal H. A. Dykeman, of Ohio, reports that 30 Ohio people met death by fire and fire causes in July; 87 more were injured. By a strange coincidence, the number of dead is the same as in July, 1921, but there were ten less injuries this year. Of the deaths the past month. 13 were babies or children. 16 were youths or middle-aged people, and one was an aged person. Of the injured, 35 were children, 20 of these being hurt by gunpowder and fireworks. Six children were killed by fireworks, and the legislature will be appealed to to stop this slaughter of the innocents. Only one aged person was killed in July and none were injured. Lightning killed six people last month; electric wires, four; two people (man and wife) were burned to death trying to rescue stock from a barn: one lad was stripped of his clothing when fire crackers exploded against his body; another boy had oil thrown on him and a match applied: making jelly and other canning preparations hurt kiddies who were playing in the kitchen, and one little girl was burned to death by a candle.
Says Marsha! Dykeman: “In May, Ohio had 263 fires from all causes, and the loss was $387,336. In the same month in 1921. we had 387 fires and the loss was $548,928. This is encouraging. especially as we had fewer fires. Electricity, smokers’ carelessness and spontaneous combustion wen. the main offenders. Now is the time to look out for oily rags, grain piles, green hay and other agents subject to spontaneous combustion. In May the incendiary blazes dropped to two with $3,200 loss. In June, 1922, we had 99 less fires than in the corresponding month last year, and the property loss fell from $489,213 to $393,097. There were sixteen fires on buildings not protected with lightning rods and none reported on structures properly protected. Matches, sparks from threshers and outdoor fires, and electricity were the main property destroyers.”