TO PREVENT FOOD WASTE BY FIRE.
With the avowed purpose of protecting the food supplies of the state against the hazards of fire and explosions, the Conservation Association of Michigan has been formed, at a meeting in Lansing, Governor Sleeper, Fire Marshal Winship and representatives of the State Food Preparedness Committee attending the meeting. State Fire Marshal J. T. Winship was made a member of the Conservation Association. The hazards of fire and explosions, it was pointed out, have been increased by the war conditions, and the purpose of the Michigan Association is in harmony with the proclamation of President Wilson and the recommendation of the Council of National Defense. Expert inspectors and field men identified with the fire insurance interests will district the State and make inspections of all grain elevators, flour mills, packing plants and other places where food supplies arc accumulated and, working with official authority, the offer of their services having been accepted, will urge all property owners, as a patriotic duty, to make changes recommended and remove such preventable hazards as may be discovered. Their reports will be made to the State Fire Marshal who will follow them up and see to it that the needed improvements are made. The program as outlined in Michigan ought to be an effective measure in decreasing losses by fire of food supplies, and is one which recommends itself as a highly patriotic and commendable one.