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President's Conference on Fire Prevention. Action Program. May 6-8, 1947, Washington, DC, 15 p., 1947
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The Action Program adopted by the President's Conference on Fire Prevention is recommended as a means of reducing fires which during the last decade have resulted in an estimated 10,000 deaths each year. The fire toll has been rising since 1934. In 1946, we experienced the most destructive year in our recent history with a property loss of $561,487,000, an increase of 23 percent over 1945. This large, unnecessary waste of lives and property can be reduced by an all-out Nationwide effort. The keys to fire prevention problem are Education, Enforcement and Engineering. Needed is widespread education in methods of fire prevention and control, more adequate laws and their rigid enforcement and better engineering to make building fire resistant. The program outlined in this report has consolidated all of these features as developed by the six committees of the Conference. It should, therefore, serve as the basis for an effort in fire prevention which it is hoped will be confirmed with ever increasing activity throughout every state, city and town. Only by this means can we reduce this mounting toll of lives and economic waste.