The best nanny state order ever?

posted at 6:31 pm on November 17, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

Something a little more fun to close out the weekend. When I think of nanny state orders and general government silliness, I tend to immediately conjure up images of New York, Chicago or San Francisco. But apparently this isn’t a phenomenon unique to the United States. Sweden gets their own share of it as well, it seems.

Sweden has a tourist attraction simply known as The Ice Hotel which gets constructed every winter in Jukkasjärvi, Kiruna. Built entirely out of blocks of ice by a collection of artists, it draws a lot of visitors who presumably don’t mind freezing their backsides off just for the fun of staying there. The pictures of it are pretty impressive. So how does this relate to the problem of nanny state regulations? Well, this year The Ice Hotel will be equipped with one additional feature.

Sweden’s Ice Hotel has been ordered by the National Housing Board to install fire alarms, despite being made completely out of frozen water.
The Ice Hotel, which is rebuilt every year in northern Sweden out of enormous chunks of ice from the Torne River in Jukkasjärvi, Kiruna, will this year come equipped with fire alarms – and the irony isn’t lost on the staff.

“We were a little surprised when we found out,” hotel spokeswoman Beatrice Karlsson told The Local.

“But we do understand. Safety is a primary concern for us. There are indeed things that can catch fire, like the reindeer skins, the mattresses, and the pillows.”

While it might sound crazy that a building made of water needs to be equipped with fire alarms, the fact that the hotel is built from scratch every year means it needs to abide by the rules that apply to every new building, rules set by the National Housing Board (Boverket).

There’s really not much left to add, I suppose. Except to say that if you built one in New York, they’d probably need the same equipment plus about 500 union sign-offs before you could erect it. Here’s a video of the project with a few of the artists who are carving it. Enjoy.


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If you built one in New York the ice would be a puddle in short order.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on November 17, 2013 at 6:35 PM

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APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 17, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Just one more ban or regulation of conduct away from perfect worker’s socialist Utopia…..union.

The future is glorious. GLORIOUS Comrades!!! G-L-O-R-I-O-U-S!!!!!!!

jukin3 on November 17, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Fire Alarms!!

It appears some idiot, had a Frozen Wet Dream, er,Nightmare!!
(sarc)

canopfor on November 17, 2013 at 6:49 PM

like the reindeer skins, the mattresses, and the pillows.”
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Electricity, or candles!!

canopfor on November 17, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Given “Global Warming” shouldn’t those be “water alarms” in case the hotel suddenly starts melting?

GarandFan on November 17, 2013 at 7:05 PM

A lifetime experience
Winter is coming to ICEHOTEL

http://icehotel.com/

canopfor on November 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Wouldn’t any amount of fire melt the ice, creating water, inhibiting more fire?
Does fire
work differently in socialist countries?

FlaMurph on November 17, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Given “Global Warming” shouldn’t those be “water alarms” in case the hotel suddenly starts melting?

GarandFan on November 17, 2013 at 7:05 PM

GarandFan:

Very astute of you, I was mulling that over as well,..Ice Melting Dripping Alarm!

Oh,..or in case a meteorite/asteriod goes ka-blewy overhead or nearby,..um the heat that is!!:)

canopfor on November 17, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Pat Benatar – Fire And Ice
**************************

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=fire+and+ice+pat+benatar&sm=1

canopfor on November 17, 2013 at 7:20 PM

In case it’s built with methane hydrates.

flataffect on November 17, 2013 at 7:31 PM

…where do you pee in there?

KOOLAID2 on November 17, 2013 at 7:35 PM

God, I’m tired of the trifling term “nanny state”. Our undying use of it really is symbolic of how unequal to this task we are, how unable to really comprehend the Left. The day I stop hearing those on the right (and especially libertarians) refer to Leftist totalitarian-wanna-bes as nannies is the day I know we’ve grown up and internalized the reality of what we face.

For one, it’s a horrible insult to nannies, a noble profession. Secondly, these people are to “nannies” what Komodo dragons are to fence lizards.

rrpjr on November 17, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Conservatives just want children and women to die in ice hotel fires.

/

Murphy9 on November 17, 2013 at 8:06 PM

The first time in history that fire melts ice.

docflash on November 17, 2013 at 8:08 PM

The statist motto:

One regulation fits all.

FOWG1 on November 17, 2013 at 8:09 PM

For one, it’s a horrible insult to nannies, a noble profession. Secondly, these people are to “nannies” what Komodo dragons are to fence lizards.
rrpjr on November 17, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Point well-taken.

MT on November 17, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Liberal logic. Fire can not melt steel but Ice requires fire alarms.

Grunt on November 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM

To all the naysayers: remember that fire didn’t melt steel after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, so what makes you think it could melt ice?

Well, that’s what Rosie claims!

Kraken on November 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM

I’m sure fire escapes are next… and fire exits…. and a sprinkler system… yes that last ought to be tons of fun.

And yet they can’t just call it a piece of artwork, now, can they, and say it is just a rendition of a hotel in ice.

Idiots!

Ninnies!

Feebs!

ajacksonian on November 17, 2013 at 8:48 PM

God, I’m tired of the trifling term “nanny state”. Our undying use of it really is symbolic of how unequal to this task we are, how unable to really comprehend the Left. The day I stop hearing those on the right (and especially libertarians) refer to Leftist totalitarian-wanna-bes as nannies is the day I know we’ve grown up and internalized the reality of what we face.

For one, it’s a horrible insult to nannies, a noble profession. Secondly, these people are to “nannies” what Komodo dragons are to fence lizards.

rrpjr on November 17, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Quoted for truth.

David Blue on November 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM

I’ve stayed there. (Not my idea, my dumbass girlfriend’s at the time. What can I say, she was hot.)

1) It sucked. The only thing to recommend it was the Absolut vodka bar.

2) The town it was in was basically a Communist hell hole.

3) This sorry-ass town of about 35 people in the middle of nowhere held an anti-America protest while we were there.

4) The only restaurant in town was owned by a Muslim who wouldn’t serve us because we were American.

Never mind the fire alarms, just save your money. You’ll be glad you did.

WhatSlushfund on November 17, 2013 at 9:03 PM

God, I’m tired of the trifling term “nanny state”. Our undying use of it really is symbolic of how unequal to this task we are, how unable to really comprehend the Left. The day I stop hearing those on the right (and especially libertarians) refer to Leftist totalitarian-wanna-bes as nannies is the day I know we’ve grown up and internalized the reality of what we face.

For one, it’s a horrible insult to nannies, a noble profession. Secondly, these people are to “nannies” what Komodo dragons are to fence lizards.

rrpjr on November 17, 2013 at 7:46 PM

That needed to be seen once more.

Hear, hear!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on November 17, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Fire Alarms or Smoke alarms, all it takes is one dumb person to fall asleep smoking. People die from smoke more than being burned to death.

Patricksp on November 17, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Commie Evil Thug Democrats

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 17, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Conspiracy! Fire can’t melt ice!

Shy Guy on November 17, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Conservatives just want children and women to die in ice hotel fires.

/

Murphy9 on November 17, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Well, also minorities, transgendered, and differently abled.

Adjoran on November 17, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Does fire
work differently in socialist countries?

FlaMurph on November 17, 2013 at 7:16 PM

In socialist countries, everyone gets burned.

Ronnie on November 17, 2013 at 10:23 PM

To all the naysayers: remember that fire didn’t melt steel after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, so what makes you think it could melt ice?

Well, that’s what Rosie claims!

Kraken on November 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Socialists enjoy the right to pronounce any – or all – laws of physics valid or invalid as it serves the needs of the state.

Solaratov on November 17, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Conservatives just want children and women to die in ice hotel fires.

/

Murphy9 on November 17, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Well, also minorities, transgendered, and differently abled.

Adjoran on November 17, 2013 at 10:12 PM

And joos. Don’t forget we hate the joos.

davidk on November 17, 2013 at 11:03 PM

I don’t see what the problem is here. Obviously the fire alarm regulation is to make it harder for the owners to burn the place down for the insurance money. Typical liberal logic.

ghostwalker1 on November 18, 2013 at 12:25 AM

I don’t see what the problem is here. Obviously the fire alarm regulation is to make it harder for the owners to burn the place down for the insurance money. Typical liberal logic.

ghostwalker1 on November 18, 2013 at 12:25 AM

That plus handsome campaign contributions from the fire alarm company when the legislation was drafted.

David Blue on November 18, 2013 at 1:14 AM

This story is nonsense, Al Gore said that these types of ice buildings are not possible. The science is settled.

Fire alarms on an ice building. It’s fuggin ice, let it burn, err melt. It’s like putting a car alarm on a skateboard.

Rambotito on November 18, 2013 at 2:04 AM

In socialist countries, everyone gets burned.

Ronnie on November 17, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Excellent comment.

backwoods conservative on November 18, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Okay it’s a fun article about overreach but is it really overreach? I have a couple of fire fighters in the family and they are always carrying on that it is the smoke the kills not the fire. All you need is one drunken guest that sets their bed on fire and fills the place with smoke. Smoke alarms and evacuation plans are not unreasonable.
**Disclaimer**
I’m also on the safety committee at work so I have a habit of thinking safety so I’m biased.

Dr. Frank Enstine on November 18, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Is this before or after the part where the insomniac supervillain uses his space sunbeam laser to melt the place down in an attempt to destroy Bond as he flees in his invisible Aston Martin?

The Schaef on November 18, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Dr. Frank Enstine on November 18, 2013 at 8:31 AM

Dude, remember the old adage – where there’s smoke there’s fire? You have to have fire before anyone can die from inhaling the smoke. The place is MADE. OF. ICE. It’s not ice over drywall or vice versa. It’s MADE. OF. ICE. Yes, a mattress might burn, but it won’t spread – because the building is MADE. OF. ICE.

Safety committee or not, Doc, you need some more coffee.

GWB on November 18, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Does this hotel have an ice machine?

Nick_Angel on November 18, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Wait till they learn they to install sprinklers.

BobMbx on November 18, 2013 at 11:40 AM

In spite of the seeming foolishness (and fire alarms in there are foolish to me as well), there is a point of validity for at least having smoke detectors. Someone could still fall asleep in bed with a lit cigarette, and before any of the structure melted to protect itself, the victim would asphyxiate in the bed from toxic inhalation, and be burned to death. With smoke detectors that could be prevented.

Freelancer on November 18, 2013 at 7:57 PM

At least they weren’t mandating a sprinkler system.

Okay it’s a fun article about overreach but is it really overreach? I have a couple of fire fighters in the family and they are always carrying on that it is the smoke the kills not the fire. All you need is one drunken guest that sets their bed on fire and fills the place with smoke. Smoke alarms and evacuation plans are not unreasonable.
**Disclaimer**
I’m also on the safety committee at work so I have a habit of thinking safety so I’m biased.

Dr. Frank Enstine on November 18, 2013 at 8:31 AM

While you’re right about smoke being one of the great dangers, I think it unlikely to get enough things burning in an ice builing to generate a large volume of smoke. A single room’s fabrics burning would not generate a great danger and the walls/floors/ceiling melting would likely douse the flames of a single room before it spread to generate more smoke.

A kitchen or bar fire might pose some degree of danger (perhaps a couple other capital plant areas), but a whole building alarm system seems to be overkill.

krome on November 19, 2013 at 9:39 AM