Originally Posted by ebrillblaiddes
Yeah, I really wouldn't mind seeing either that kind of thing built into building codes or at least requiring people who don't take common sense precautions to sign off on a "I am an idiot" waiver and put down a deposit with the fire department.
Oh lord, I wish they could do this in West Virginia. We don't normally get wide spread fires but they do happen. We live at the top of a mountain in a very wooded area. Most people around here burn alot of their trash, mail, etc. Burn bins or secured areas are common. There are months that you can't burn without FD approval (mainly during the summer) but you will always have that idiot that drank too much budwieser and decided that burning the trash...on a windy day... was much easier than actually taking it to the dump. Last year, we had a guy that did that and he ended up taking out almost 5 acres and lost his house. That doesn't sound like much, but that could have spread so fast in the right conditions. His burn pile was RIGHT BESIDE his house, not secured with cinder blocks and there was woods all around him. (his house was also mainly wood....old farm house). I had NO sympathy for him.
When we burn, DH or I is outside right beside it all the time with hose in hand and hose down anything that falls on the ground. And we don't do it on a windy day. A few times, the weather has changed and the wind has kicked up and we are both hosing down little fires and trying to put the main fire out before it got too bad.
I also always wondered about the people that build houses right next to the ocean (especially if the house is on stilts) in hurricane prone areas. WHY????? I know the view is great and you paid a buttload for the house...but have you checked history?? If it happened before, most likely it will happen again.
When I lived in Guam, there were quite a few people that built "shelters" (aka, houses) out of 4x4s and aluminum siding. It wasn't that they couldn't afford better (cars were more important than housing), but they knew they were temporary. When typhoons came through the "house" was demolished but they could always expect a big old check from FEMA so they could rebuild and put more money into their car and maybe build another house. One typhoon actually did cause some minor water damage in my house, and an islander told me to go tell FEMA and they would write me a check to cover that and then some. But, I would have to stand in line for the whole day basically. NOT!
I'm sorry, I just had to vent about stupid people. It makes me want to live on the top of a mountain somewhere....oh, wait...I'm already here. But they STILL find me.