SUCCESSFUL PRECAUTION AGAINST FIRE.
In considering the many phases of dealing with fire and the enormous fire-waste that constantly confronts the fire engineers, waterworks officials and insurance people of the country, Mr. H. C. Henley, chief inspector of the FirePrevention bureau, St. Louis, Mo., struck the keynote at the annual convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers, at Washington, D. C., when he read a carefully prepared paper entitled, “Is Fire-Prevention of More Importance than Fire-Extinguishment?” and the discussion on this paper demonstrated, if buildings are constructed along correct fire-prevention principles that the annual losses in the United States will be largely reduced. This fact has already been recognised and appreciated at its true value by the public and large business concerns, who cannot afford to be put out of business, temporarily, because an indefinite stoppage of their commercial connections with patrons often shows a loss by comparison, that, in many instances, is as great as that caused directly by the fire. The following extract from a letter of the Sherwin-Williams company, of Newark, N. J., is an illustration that fire-prevention is an ever present and important factor for consideration.
“Mr. E. S. Hand, Engineer,
“The Mississippi Wire-Glass Company,
“115 Broadway, New York City.
“Answering your inquiry addressed to the writer, I am pleased to tell you of the splendid manner in which the Mississippi wire-glass withstood the tremendous heat of a fire adjoining the Newark plant of the Sherwin-Williams company. On the 29th of June, the works of the Consolidated Color & Chemical company were totally destroyed. Several of our buildings faced this property for a distance of about 250 ft. Owing to the kind of business, the flames were unusually fierce, the quality of the chemicals in combustion making about as ugly a fire as it is possible to imagine. Fortunately our buildings were equiped with metal frames, in which quarter-inch ribbed and polished wire-glass were glazed, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the fire underwriters. Although 606 lights of the ribbed wire-glass were much cracked and discolored, they are all in place as originally fixed at this writing. Ninety-six plates of polished wire-glass were also cracked; but up to the present they have been weatherproof and admit a free view and transmission of light. The plain polished plate-glass in the entrance doors, although not exposed like the windows, cracked and opened, and we will replace them with polished wire-glass. The tin-clad, fire-underwriters’ door in the south end of the varnish building appears to have suffered greater depreciation than the windows. The monitor and pitched skylights glazed with wire-glass resisted the fire equally as well as the windows. We have in Newark one of the largest and most modern paint and varnish factories in the country, also, a large quantity of aged varnish in storage, and, therefore, use every precaution against fire. It is fortunate that your wire-glass was installed in our building.
“Assuring you that it has been satisfactory, we remain
“THE SHERWIN-WILLIAMS Co.,
“H. D. Whittlesev,
“Manager Atlantic Coast District.
“NEWARK, N. J., September 30, 1907.”