Sweden: hotel made of ice ordered to install smoke alarms

by Walter Olson on November 16, 2013

Following the rules wherever they lead? The newly installed alarms did promptly catch a guest smoking in a cleaning closet. [Independent]


1 steve 11.17.13 at 8:42 am

‘Hotel spokeswoman Beatrice Karlsson told AFP the hotel was initially surprised at the request but complied as “there are things that can actually catch fire, like pillows, sleeping bags or reindeer skins”. “To us the most important concern is the safety of our clients, so we will comply,” she said.

Bizarrely soon after the alarm was installed it was triggered, reportedly by a guest smoking in a cleaning closet.’

So, whoever posted this to overlawyered – were you just planning that nobody would actually read the article or was this an advertisement for your own know-it-all overignorance? If the OWNER of the hotel basically agrees, then maybe, just maybe there is a point to it. Remember that ice structures are designed to keep air in (to preserve warmth, like an igloo) and that smoke inhalation and smoke pockets are objective, realistic dangers.

2 Walter Olson 11.17.13 at 12:01 pm

Any reader might refer back to the linked article (as we hope all readers will do before commenting) and point out that it contains reasons why the regulation might not be all that unreasonable. Only a very special reader will jump from that to a hypothesis that we were hoping readers would not read the linked article because to do so would foil our plot to put over without challenge our own know-it-all overignorance. For very special reader services of that sort, we rely on “steve.”

3 ras 11.17.13 at 12:33 pm

” If the OWNER of the hotel basically agrees…” out loud with the regulator who can shut down his business on a whim….

/complicated second-order analysis, Steve.

4 Jim Collins 11.18.13 at 10:26 am

Will they be required to install a sprinkler system this year?

5 DensityDuck 11.18.13 at 8:20 pm

Also they will be required to coat all slippery surfaces with nonskid material. Gotta watch out for those trip hazards!

6 law talking girl 11.18.13 at 10:12 pm

As most likely the only person on this site to have visited Jukkasjärvi (albeit in May, after the hotel had melted for the year), I feel uniquely qualified to comment. That ends my commentary on the subject.

7 Walter Olson 11.22.13 at 2:55 pm

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