Underwriters and Fire Prevention

Underwriters and Fire Prevention

Secretary F. H. Wentworth of Boston, secretary of the National Fire Protection Association, in a lecture at Harvard College, on April 1, in part said: “Before the new civic consciousness was born, in the days when big business thought but little of its public representatives, the National Board of Fire Underwriters was rendering a public service of such magnitude that we are not yet able to estimate its social value. The work of its corps of engineers in the surveys of cities, their water supplies, their conflagration hazards, their fire departments and other features has placed in the hands of all the principal municipalities of the country expert knowledge of priceless value touching the public safety. This great work, requiring a decade of careful labor and costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, has been done so quietly, so unostentatiously, as wholly to escape the attention of the ordinary citizen. It is only when he awakens to those shocking fire dangers which beset us on every hand and springs to serve the common life by safeguarding it against them that he learns with astonishment that the huge labor of studying and digesting local conditions has already been completed, and between the white covers of a pamphlet to be had free for the asking is recorded the expert engineering knowledge and counsel which, if followed, may shield his city from disaster.”

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