National Geographic : 1919 Jul
They couldn't believe it -would happen - but it did. And that hospital fire cost the lives of ten bed-ridden patients and three nurses. Some five billion dollars of business property has been pro tected from fire by automatic sprinklers. State Industrial Commissions are guarding the lives of factory employees by requiring this same unfailing protection in business property. The United States Govern ment insisted on war industries being so protected. Are you one of the dull public 7 " I HEREisnotmuchchanceofafireina hospital," said the doctor. U "Unless somebody overturns an alco hol stove or unless there is defective wiring or something happens in the heating plant or unless-well, I guess I'm getting myself in trouble here," he ended ruefully. Many other good and useful citizens would say just what this doctor said. You never can know and appreciate fire dangers till you stop and think how many, many causes there are, and how worthless ordinary methods of preven tion have proved themselves. Hospitals for the insane with splendid equipment for helping or curing the mentally unfit; hospitals where little crippled children grow strong and learn once more to play; hospitals where the blind are taught trades so they can go back to a happy and natural life; hospitals where wounded heroes are made whole again; all with the finest of modern appliances, light, air, sunshine, heroic doctors and nurses-but no fire-fighting apparatus worth mentioning. Constant exposure to the worst kind of death in insti tutions dedicated to humanity, the world over! Investigate your own Hospital. Find out for yourself what will mean safety for the patients. Don't put on your nurses, those fine women already giving their lives to the services of others, the cruel burden of responsibility in case of fire. See that your hospital is equipped with the Grinnell Auto matic Sprinkler Sys tem. Like a hundred firemen scattered Read-"Fire Tragedies and throughout the build- Their Remedy" ing, always on the job! Parents, trustees or officials will When the fire starts, find in "Fire Tragedies and Their the water starts - no Remedy" the unvarnished truth the wer starts -no and a path of imperative social ser chance for the fire to vice. Write for it today. Address spread. General Fire Extinguisher Com pany, 293 West Exchange St., Providence, R. I. GRINNELL AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEM When the fire starts the water starts "Mention The Geographic-It identifies you"