State Fire Laws to Be Stretched
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It is evident that the New York State Industrial Board intends to give a literal interpretation to the State fire laws, and then, if necessary, allow the courts to decide. A majority of the members of the board expressed themselves as being in favor, as individuals, of regulations requiring inclosed staircases in all factories, and of requiring the installation of automatic fire alarms and fire retarding accessories wherever practical devices, such as automatic sprinklers and metal containers for refuse, are to be had. The fire alarm system now in operat on in New Jersey was considered a model. This system was described by Rowland H. Leveridge. of the New Jersey Department of Labor. Leveridge said that the same bells were used in general signaling throughout factories. They were used, he said, to assemble workers in the morning and to disnvss them at night. Workers became accustomed to the sound of alarm bells and were not likely to become panic-stricken.