Prevention of Fire.
CIRCULAR rdcently issued by the Fire Underwriters of Missouri, under the above title has already been referred to by us. We quote here a few of the hints which will be found to be not only plausible, but eminently practical.
Electric trolley railroads should not be permitted to furnish light or power to any building, as it is highly dangerous, being almost certain to cause a fire in every instance.
Elevators, staircases, etc., should be in fireproof or fireresisting shafts or in hallways cut off from the main structure by brick walls, with self-closing doors at each story, which latter would be improved if covered with metal on both sides. Where elevators and staircases are not cut of! by brick walls, they may be cut off at small expense by metallic lath or plaster partitionsof patent plaster blocks.
Dumbwaiters, ventilating shafts, and all other openings from floor to floor throughout the buildings, if necessary (and they seldom are) should be of fire-resisting material through out ; at best they are likely to serve as flues, and convey fires throughout the structure. Wooden-chutes, wooden dumbwaiter shafts, etc., are inexcusable, and well-holes, while frequently found in mercantile buildings, ought notto be allowed anywhere.
Electric wires should be run through strong tubes of brass or other metal, with hard leather insulation. Where not soprotected, the driving of a nail by some careless mechanic, breaking the insulation and cutting the wire or combustible material may cause a short circuit and a serious fire. A small inexpensive fire-extinguisher kept on the premises may be the means of saving your property in case of fire.