Slight Increase in May Fire Losses
The fire losses throughout this country and Canada for May of this year show a slight increase over those for April and also over those for May of last year. The losses for May, 1922, were $27,709,650; those for April, $27,136,750; March, $35,709,650; February, $30,854,400; January, $29,122,000. The amount of losses for May, 1921, was $27,089,250. This makes the total of the five months for 1922 still ahead of that for 1921.
The number of fires occurring in May whose losses equaled or exceeded $10,000 were also slightly in excess of those of April, there being eight more fires last month than in April. The total of such fires in May was 367, April 359, March 412, February 412, and January 497, making a grand total for the five months of 2,047 fires. The fires of May may be classified as follows: Those whose losses equal or exceed $200,000, 31 ; $100,000 to $200,000, 42; $75,000 to $100,000, 26; $50,000 to $75,000, 33; $40,000 to $50,000, 40; $30,000 to $40,000, 11 ; $20,000 to $30,000, 59; $10,000 to $20,000, 125.
One feature of the month was the increase in fires exceeding $200,000 and less than $1,000,000 in loss. There were ten more of these than in April. These can be divided as follows: Exceeding $200,000 and less than $300,000, 20; $300,000, three; $400,000, three; $500,000, two; $600,000, two. On the other hand there was only one fire during the month which exceeded $1,000,000 in loss, this being the blaze in the white lead department of the United Lead Company’s plant at Perth Amboy, N. J., the loss from which was $1,350,000.
While the losses for last month exceed those of April, yet there is a crumb of comfort for those interested in Fire Prevention in the fact that these losses are considerably less than the preceding months of 1922; not enough, however, to bring the losses for the year below that of 1921, unless there should be considerable reduction during the succeeding months of this year.