National Geographic : 1940 Oct
Be careful of that match! THE FAMILIAR, helpful match can turn into a dangerous enemy. Employed carelessly, discarded thoughtlessly, or left within reach of children, the match ranks among the foremost causes of approximately 360, 000 household fires which account for most of this country's 10,000 annual deaths from burns. Naturally, the match isn't the only fire hazard we must guard against in our homes. Many other things we make use of are dangerous if misused. In your home, for instance, are the following fire precautions strictly observed?... 1 Are you sure that all electrical appliances are equipped with only standard, approved connection cords and wiring, and are in good condition? Do you avoid the use of gasoline and other flam mable liquids for cleaning in the home?... the use of kerosene for lighting fires? 1 Do you keep your gas burners clear of grease which might catch fire? Are your burners regulated to prevent too high a flame-particularly when broiling or frying fats? Do you tie back curtains and other flammable material which might blow onto the flame? 1 Is every stove, furnace, or hot pipe shielded ade quately from wooden surfaces?... Are ashes placed only in metal containers? These are just a few of the highly important safety measures which deserve your attention. If more of us had a thorough understanding of the various fire hazards, of fire prevention, and of effec tive fire fighting, the annual toll of 10,000 lives would be reduced, and an enormous saving could be made in the nation's annual fire loss-a loss which last year was estimated at more than $313,000,000. To help you safeguard your home and your fam ily against fires and other accidents, Metropolitan offers a new, interesting, free booklet, "Home Safety Quiz." Co-operate with your local organizations during National Fire Prevention Week-beginning October 6th-by checking up on possible fire haz ards in your home. Write to Dept. 1040-N. COPYRIGHT 1940-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) '" Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Leroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK, N. Y.