[Bell Historians] EIG

Bickerton, Roderic K (SELEX) (UK) roderic.bickerton at 9S5wPa-tBbTZnXnrgcLQ1KtEBNuZxrEqOYP8yyuZNU42ngcnCvI4fun4VYu_LlwU2z0G751T_0YofssoPPb50NJLGe10I4xiAx0.yahoo.invalid
Mon Jan 21 17:23:04 GMT 2008

Any risk has realistic to be of interest to an insurer.
If there is no case where a fire has occurred and bells being up has
contributed to the insurance loss, then there is no case for a statement
like that.
There have been enough church fires for real data to be available making
conjecture (like that below) pointless.
It is about as likely as up bells catching burning debris and preventing
fire spreading downwards. 


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Not history but would the learned list care to comment on this quote
from an Ecclesiaistical Insurance Senior Underwriter:

"The reasons that we prefer that the bells are left in the 'down'
position are as follows:
"1. From the material damage point of view, if the bells are left in the
'up' position and a fire actually gets up into the tower above the
bells, then debris will fall down into the bells themselves, rather than
just bounce off them and fall to the ground. 
"Then, the weight of the debris and the bells combined could cause
serious damage not only to the bells but also potentially damage the
bell frame, if not to the structure of the tower itself, and bearing in
mind that you have quite a lot of bells then it could prove a real
danger to the structure of your church."
This sounds like the idea of someone who has no idea of what it is like
in a bell tower - and the last paragraph describes such a disasterous
scenario that the bells being up or down would have little bearing on
the matter.  


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