Report of Fire Marshal of Houston
According to the annual report of Fire Marshal Wade of Houston, Tex., the fire damage to buildings and contents during the fiscal year ending February 28th 1915, amounted to $555,783.05, while the value of property involved was $9,249,488.83, as against a little more than $3,000,000 the preceding year. The fire loss was heavier than during the previous year, but the amount of property involved was much greater, making the ratio of loss to property 6 per cent., as against 7 1-5 per cent, for 1913. The report shows that 35 firemen received injuries at tires during the year, none of which proved fatal. Among the recommendations of the Fire Marshal are the following: That all school buildings be equipped with spiral fire escapes. That when owners or occupants of buildings fail to remove trash when ordered to do so, the fire marshal shall have authority to file complaint regarding same in corporation court, without recourse at first to the city council. That all establishments where clothes are cleaned with gasoline be compelled to provide a fire proof room for that purpose. That owners of apartment houses be required to provide fire extinguishers, of an approved type, one for every 2,000 square feet of floor space. That all compress buildings and warehouses where cotton is handled or stored, be made fire proof and equipped with automatic sprinklers. That automatic sprinklers be placed in all buildings of three stories in height or more, that are used for mercantile, warehouse or factory purposes. That all roof limits be abolished and that nothing except fire resisting materials be permitted to be used for building coverings. This item, according to the report, will not only reduce the fire hazard, but will bring about a reduction in the insurance rates, as well as in the key rate. That buildings used as sanitariums, infirmaries and asylums be equipped with standpipes with hose connections and that automatic fire doors be placed therein.