Protecting Water Pipes in Portland
With the approach of winter weather, extra precautions are being taken in Portland, Ore., shipyards to prevent all water pipes used for fire protection from freezing. District Fire Marshal E. R. Campbell has made a personal inspection of the local yards and has issued instruction to all plant marshals to use every precaution. “It is the practice of all efficient departments to prepare for winter,’’ said Marshal Campbell, speaking of the increase of fire risk due to likelihood of freezing pipes. “We inclose all exposed pities in a box filled with straw refuse from stables, that being the best preventive known for exposed mains. The straw generates a constant heat which makes it a better protection than the use of sawdust, which in itself contains no heat. In addition to inclosure of the pines, an extra watch is kent on pipes which must from necessity be left exposed Chemical extinguishers do not freeze above 35 decrees. Where advisable they are removed from exposure. Pyrene extinguishers will stand very low temperature, freezing below’ zero. Tn some instances ordinary chemical extinguishers arc removed and nvrenes substituted.” Plant marshals are busv following out the instructions of the district marshal and the cold weather liable to come at anv time is being guarded against.