PROTECTION AGAINST FIRE AT AUGUSTA.

PROTECTION AGAINST FIRE AT AUGUSTA.

Chief Reynolds, of Augusta, Ga., keeps up his efforts to render the city safe from a fire-protective standpoint. He urges a more careful and systematic inspection of all premises—offices, stores, factories or homes, when closing up for the night, with particular attention to be paid to the flues, He advises that in every building there should be at least one person who should be familiar with every nook and cranny—cellars, garrets, lumberrooms, etc—so that, when the firemen arrive on the scene they can be promptly piloted to the seat of the blaze. In this way, many fires could be extinguished, without any loss worth mentioning, by the chemical engine, which is generally first on the ground, before the blaze has gained sufficient headway to call for the use of the other apparatus that add the probability of damage from water to the injurious effects of flame and smoke. Along “Cotton row” the ware housemen and their assistants are the ones, of course, to be thus minutely posted with respcil to their yards, the number of bales in each com partment, and how each of the latter can best and most quickly be got at ; then, when they real ise that cotton under their charge is on lire, they should promptly locate the blaze and then betake themselves to the box that has been pulled so that they may lead the first firemen to arrive by the shortest and most feasible route directly to the spot from which the trouble can best be handled, and the damage be confined to the room or compartment of origin. Chief Reynolds also emphasises another point -namely, that all cotton men should exercise special care at this time —when so many bales are piled in the streets — to see that 410 smoking is indulged in where a chance spark might precipitate a disastrous fire. This request is for the benefit of the owners. The fire department is doing everything within its power to prevent a cotton fire of magnitude through its tireless vigilance; but a wind-blown spark from a pipe, cigar or cigarette may in a moment render all these efforts vain.

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