Friday, 15 November 2013

Smoke Detectors

Every year in northern Sweden.....up around the region of the Arctic Circle.....there's a hotel that sends out some guys and they put together a ice-hotel.  It's built of big huge blocks of ice that they bring in and design an actual structure around.

You as a customer can drive up....check into the regular hotel....then walk across the parking lot to the ice-hotel.  You get checked into your ice-room....given a blanket.....some candles to provide light.....and you can sleep at freezing temperatures or less.

I've seen the hotel featured on German TV every year.  I'd take a guess at between twenty and forty rooms built for guests.  It's hard for me to imagine a guy driving for hours and hours.....just to have a chance to sleep on a block of ice as a bed, and having a plastic sheet of sorts below me to keep my butt from getting wet and cold from the melting ice.

This year....there's a change to the whole episode of the ice-hotel theme.  The Swedish government stepped in, and mandated more safety.

There's now a requirement for a smoke detector in each ice-room.

Naturally, a guy from Bama would pause and ponder upon this.  The need?  The ice-room is one-hundred percent ice.  No wood chairs.  The only thing that could burn is the stupid candle, your blanket, and your boots lying on the floor.

Yeah, a guy might sit there and have a smoke at night....and accidentally drop hot ashes on the blanket to set it on fire.  Maybe.

Swedes are mostly practical people.  If they only need a certain amount of space.....they only build to that level.  If they need only a certain type of bed, then they shop for only that kind of bed.  They don't generally overeat, or overdrink.

I'm guessing most Swedes who might drive up to this hotel and go through the ice-hotel experience....will sit there for hours that evening, with the candle flickering.....wondering why the heck you need a smoke detector.  It'll bother them.  Someone will call the front desk and ask if there's something special they should worry about, or if there's some gas mixed into the ice construction business.

Yeah, government regulation.....busy at work again.

No comments: