TO PROVIDE AGAINST FREEZING OF APPARATUS.
The following suggestions to guard against the freezing of fire-protective apparatus, issued by the Factory Insurance association of Hartford, Conn., may be found useful: “Examine tanks and all pipes, fittings and valves, whether for steam heating, general water service, or fire protection. See that none are frozen or have been frozen, and that they are all in operative condition, and where there is any liability of freezing, arrange the necessary protection. See that all valves are open that should he open, and try water-outlets to ascertain if all pipes are free and ready for service. See that extra sprinklers are on hand, in case of need to replace frozen or melted heads. Be sure that your engineeer is fully posted as to the purpose and intention of every valve and pipe. Try your pumps, and see that they are in proper working order. Test all the hydrants and indicator posts, and see that they drain properly. Instruct the night watchman thoroughly in the use of all fire apparatus and the operation of all valves. Fxamine the end of suction-pipe to see that leaves nr other refuse matter have not clogged up the holes in the strainer. We have had cases reported by our inspectors where the capacity of the pump has been greatly reduced by this means. We take this occasion to call your attention to the liability of freezing of water in casks and pails in cold buildings, and suggest that you take measures of prevention, at the same time avoiding danger of water damage. Chemical extinguishers should be emptied and recharged to insure their being in perfect working order.”