Regulation of the Day 192: Fire Extinguishers

Britain has a Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. It isn’t quite living up to its name, though. The group is pressing to ban fire extinguishers. They think it would prevent more accidents if residents fled burning buildings instead of fighting the flames themselves.

Many high-rise buildings are starting to take the Royal Society’s recommendation. Mike Edwards lives in one of those buildings. As he told Metro:

‘They are worried we will point them in the wrong direction or use the wrong extinguishers,’ he said. ‘But if you are trapped in a burning building, you will work out how to use one.’

So there you have it. According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, the risk of spraying yourself with a fire extinguisher outweighs the risk of burning to death.