Texas Women in Fire Prevention
An interesting report showing the work and purposes of the committee on fire prevention was read by Mrs. P. P. Tucker, of Dallas, chairman of that committee, before the annual session of the Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs at Galveston last week. Mrs. Tucker reviewed the results that have been accomplished in the campaign of the committee to secure the use of more caution in guarding against fires. She called attention to the fact that the committee had sent out 400 circular letters to clubs in the State and that nine towns and cities had been active securing fire drills in the schools, making their schoolhousc doors open outward and equipping the buildings with fire escapes. Women, she declared, do not seem to grasp the importance of the subject or appreciate the effect of the danger from fire which surrounds them every moment.
“I know of no other way to effect a cure for this,” she continued, ‘than to begin with educating ourselves to the dangers of the use of gasoline, kerosene, the strike-anywhere match, permitting the accumulation of trash and dirt in obscure places in our homes, to insist upon school trustees including in the curriculum of our schools the education of our children as to the dangers of fire, and that proper ordinances be passed and enforced by our municipal authorities relative to the control of all things causing fire.”