The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science Volume 69-71

The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science Volume 69-71

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...require all roofs constructed in the future to be of incombustible material, and that all roofs which shall hereafter require repair to the extent of one-third of their area shall be replaced with incombustible roofs. The modern shingle is thin, and the machinery which now makes it leaves a fuzzy surface which, after a period of drought, becomes like tinder. Without shingle roofs, flying brands would not be carried over the brick centers of the city by the wind. Outside of the abolition of the shingle roof, we must look for the protection of our homes to the corrected habits of our people. We must look carefully after the heating apparatus of our homes, giving them the constant and necessary attention demanded by receptacles containing fire. The building of proper flues and chimneys is especially necessary in connection with residences. Then we must have a general revision throughout the country of our building codes. We must stop the building of a certain shoddy class of buildings and we must limit the height of all buildings. In Boston, buildings are limited to 125 feet. There is no reason why cities that can expand, and which are not bound by physical barriers, should follow the example of New York and erect absurdly high buildings. They inflict an enormous expense upon the city for fire protection. There are other matters, however, to which we must give proper thought. Among them is the best use of the fire-fighting agencies which have been established and which are maintained at a great cost by our people. _ The mental habits of a people are a vital factor in affecting social progress. It is the mental habit of our people to assume that fire departments are maintained for the exclusive purpose of extinguishing fires. It is obvious, more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 685g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236773497
  • 9781236773494