THE CREDIT MAN AS A FIRE PREVENTIONIST.
A valuable addition to effective measures in behalf of fire prevention in industrial establishments has been suggested by Mr. Charles E. Meek, who is identified with a prominent bank in New York City, who has shown how the credit man may perform a valuable service to the community in the course of his activities. Mr. Meek recently addressed the National Association of Credit Men at their convention in Kansas City, Mo., and an excerpt of his paper, entitled “The Responsibility of the Credit Man for the Reduction of the Fire Waste,” which appears in another column of this issue, contains his suggestion that salesmen sohuld use their eyes and make a leport as to the type of construction of the building occupied by each customer, particularly as to the degree of tidiness and the means employed, if any, to protect the premises against fire, and that such reports should have a bearing on future transactions, and he further asserts that the credit men and the bankers could exert a tremendous influence by giving elevator, warehouse and compress men to understand that failure to equip their buildings with fire protection and fire-fighting appliances would be unfavorably construed when it came to credits. If put into widespread practice this could be of great benefit in reducing fire hazards and losses and so to the benefit of the general public and in doing so the credit men would be but acting in accordance with the general lines of their _____egular business. In other words, the suggestion is not that they should depart from their proper activities, but should extend them in this way. Mr. Meek’s proposal is one which should receive encouragement from fire preventionists and indicates a broadening of scope of fire prevention methods in a direction that could prove markedly effective. It is another blow, and a powerful one, aimed against carelessness in factories and really another strong and influential clement in the cause of eliminating fire hazards and of preparedness in case cf fire.