April 12th, 2011
I just read George Hill’s blog and came across this post.”Great Britain Just Went Full Retard” He was discussing the news article “Extinguishers banned as a fire safety hazard” You read that right. In the UK a fire extinguisher is now considered a fire hazard. How do they get there? Someone might try to fight a fire that is too big if they have access to a fire extinguisher.
This sort of “thinking” drives me nuts. It’s infuriating. On the face of it the idea seems too stupid to argue. However, this is not the first place that I have heard of this sort of non-sense. UK pubs switching to plastic pint glasses — so the glass can’t be used as a weapon — is an example.
I have figured out what the problem is.
I am a big fan of safety. I wear eye and ear protection when I’m using tools that need them. I am a zealous promoter and enforcer of the four cardinal safety rules for gun handling. I wear my seat belt. I am also a big fan of safety testing. I don’t like melamine in my milk. I don’t like lead in toys. I don’t like decrepit bridges. If something is dangerous though it looks safe, something needs to be done. This is not what the “Safety” folks are doing with fire extinguishers. They are not proposing the removal of a dangerous item that will function other than as intended. They are trying to find what the dumbest person with the poorest judgement would do and then putting everyone else at risk by trying to save that stupid person from himself.
You do not make people safe by removing options. You make people safe through training. Fighting a fire that is too big for your skill or equipment is a VERY dangerous thing to do. PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THAT! They should not be removing options for fighting fire. They should be educating people.
We put plugs into electrical outlets to protect children who don’t know better from hurting themselves. We are not children. We are free men and women. If a danger is identified we need to be informed not “protected.”