One of the things I’ve always liked about living in an apartment and not a single-family home is that apartments, by law, must have automatic fire sprinkler systems built into the ceiling. What it means is that although one day I will surely die, while living in an apartment, I won’t die in a fire. Out of all the ways of leaving this physical world, dying in a fire has got to be one of the worst.
I honestly cannot think of a worse way to go. Maybe dying in a fire while listening to the music of Jimmy Buffett. Then again, that too involves fire.
The state of Maryland recently passed a new law that will require all single-family homes to be built with automatic fire sprinkler systems. Maryland counties in turn now must decide if they want to either enforce the new law or pass amendments that would strip the law of most of its power. Here in Washington County, a public hearing will be held on July 6th to discuss this issue.
To me, this is such a no-brainer, there is nothing to discuss. People against the new law say that it will add anywhere from $1.50 to $5 per square foot to the cost of new homes and that’s just too much. In an article about the new at the Herald-Mail website, readers have been sounding off in the comment section. Some of the comments have been quite comical. Here are some of the gems:
It appears BIG BROTHER really is watching. With elected officials and appointed officials at all levels of goverment [sic] use any excuse to traple [sic] on the rights of idividuals [sic] everyware [sic]. Before we require contributing AMERICANS in society to become the slave to all goverment [sic] whims in the name of ANY reason, let our public SERVANTS act like PEOPLE are in charge and not some official that does not consider tax payers significant.
Yes, because our elected officials requiring new homes to be built with 20th century fire prevention technology means that we are all slaves. Speaking of not-so-modern technology, how interesting that this commentator chooses not to employ an in-line spell checker. To me that speaks volumes. It’s also clear this person feels very passionate about this issue because he or she chose to capitalize seemingly random words to help make their point.
Here’s another good one:
Next, the “rubber mats union” will want rubber mats installed under each 2nd-floor window in case a child jumps out. Then, the “metal studs union” will want all homes to have metal studs v/s wood studs to a house. Get it! The 1st thing a firefigher [sic] does is disable the meter base at a residential fire and the sprinkler don’t work.
Yes, one of my worst fears is that the rubber mats union and the metal studs union will one day join forces to form an unholy cabal of extraordinary power. I’m not sure what they mean by the “meter base” statement. In this commentator’s defense, they probably don’t know either.