Introduction

At times safety promotion got attention through poetry. The following three poems appeared in the October 1917 issue of Safety Engineering, Volume 34, Number 4. For Safer Buildings by Frank Adams, from page 308 of Vol 34, No 4
It’s easy to make excuses It’s easy to shift the blame– To make others bear your rightful share Of public scorn and shame.   Number the wanton losses Of helpless victims slain; Number the dead where the night fire spread, Doomed by the lust-mad flame.   Wherever the smoking ashes Of a fire-trap ruin lies, Is stamped the deed of grasping greed– A needless sacrifice.   Needless, I say, for Science Has shown us many a way To safeguard from fire–from the flame fiend’s ire– The buildings of today.   It’s easy to make excuses, It’s easy to shift the blame, But it’s hard to show that you didn’t know Your buildings would feed the flame.

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