Zero Weather Hazards
Now that winter is upon the country and zero weather, if not already experienced, will not be long delayed, at least in the more northerly sections, attention must be turned by the fire chief to the various hazards from fire that are peculiar to this period. The overheating of furnaces, the careless handling and storage of fuel, both oil and coal, the tendency to build chimneys without flue linings, with a false idea of economy, and many other phases of the situation must engage his careful thought.
The chief can do much in this respect. He and his men will be listened to with respectful attention when they call to the citizens’ notice little matters of carelessness, sometimes arising from neglect and often from ignorance, which if not remedied will be pretty sure sooner or later to result in a fire. The members of the fire department can do much more in this connection than anyone else, as whereas such suggestions coming from an ordinary citizen might be looked upon as an impertinence, from the men who are known as experts in the matter of fire, they will be heeded and acted upon.