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6   COMMISSION OF CONSERVATION

(d) Every such railway company shall also make an independent examination of the fire-protective appliances on all the locomotives of such company, at least once each month, and the conditions of such fire-protective appliances shall be reported direct to the Chief Mechanical Officer of the railway company, or other chief officer, held responsible for the condition of the motive power of the said company.

5. No employee of any such railway company shall

  1. Do, or in any way cause, damage to the netting on the engine smoke-stack or to the netting in the front end of such engine;

  2. Open the back dampers of such engine while running ahead, or the front dampers while running tender first, except when there is snow on the ground, and it is necessary to take such action in order to have engine steam properly;

  3. Or otherwise do or cause damage or injury to any of the fire-protective appliances on the said engines.

6. No such railway company shall permit fire, live coals, or ashes to be deposited upon its tracks or right-of-way, unless they are extinguished immediately thereafter, except in pits provided for the purpose.

7. No such railway company shall burn lignite coal on its locomotive engines as fuel for transportation purposes, unless otherwise ordered by the Board—lignite coal consisting of and including all varieties of coal between peat and bituminous, with a carbon-hydrogen ratio of 11 2 or less, such ratio being based on analysis of air-dried coal.

8. Every such railway company shall establish and maintain fire-guards along the route of its railway as the Chief Fire Inspector may prescribe. The nature, extent, establishment and maintenance of such fire-guards shall be determined as follows :

  1.  The Chief Fire Inspector shall each year prepare and submit to every such railway company a statement of the measures necessary for establishing and maintaining the routes of such railways in a condition safe from fire, so far as may be practicable.

  2.  Said measures may provide for the cutting and disposal by fire, or otherwise, of all or any growth of an inflammable character, and the burning or other disposal of debris and litter, on a strip of sufficient width on one or both sides of the track; the ploughing or digging of land in strips of sufficient width on one or both sides of the track; and such other work as may, under the existing local conditions and at reasonable expense. tend to reduce to a minimum the occurrence and spread of fire.

  3. Said statements of the Chief Fire Inspector shall be so arranged as to deal with and prescribe measures for each separate portion of such railway upon and adjacent to which the fire risk calls for specific treatment. The intention shall be to adjust the protective measures to the local conditions, and to make the expense proportionate to the fire risk and possible damage.

  4.  Said statements of the Chief Fire Inspector shall prescribe dates on or within which the foregoing protective measures shall be


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