PARLOR MATCHES AND OTHER INFLAMMABLES.
Chief Foley, of the fire department of Milwaukee, Wis., is in favor of a law prohibiting the sale of parlor matches, to the use of which, he insists, many of the minor fires in that city can be traced. He calls it a “most prolific breeder of fire.” He adds: “Children playing with them, rats nibbling them, persons stepping on them—all cause them to explode, and, unless they are carefully watched, fires originate from this cause only too easily. The parlor match is exactly as dangerous as an originator of fire as is gasolene. There is now a law that all gasolene exceeding quantities of five gallons must be kept in a metal tank which is buried two feet beneath the surface of the ground or sidewalk. This provision is a wise one, but, in spite of it, wc are called out to one or two fires every week which are caused directly by gasolene. There should be a State law governing the sale of this nuisance. I doubt if the city would have authority to deal with the matter, and, more than that. 1 consider the question of enough importance to deserve more than local consideration. The old-fashioned slow match was good enough for our fathers, and I believe that it is plenty good enough for us.”
Chief Foley also stated that the number of fires has increased materially since the use of soft coal became general. The fire department has been called out many times during the last few weeks to attend to fires where chimneys hail become clogged up with soot. He says that householders burning soft coal should clean out their chimneys at least every two weeks.