To Keep Down Fires.
Fire Marshal Horan, in his talk before the Chicago Association of Commerce, emphasised an important point, when he asserted that 35 per cent, of the fires in the city are “basement blazes,” the direct result of neglect. Carelessness is responsible for 55 per cent. If every owner saw to it that his house was kept in order, the enormous totals in fire losses would shrink materially. In other words, the fire department cannot accomplish its best work unless it has the hearty cooperation of the individual citizen. That assistance can be given through personal attention to cleanliness in basements of private houses and buildings used for business purposes. It can come through constant urging of janitors and other helpers to prevent the accumulation of rubbish. It can take the form of insistence that the streets be kept in good condition for the rapid passing of firefighting apparatus. It can be given through agitation for building laws that shall be adequate and permanent.