You Know What This Hotel Made Out of Ice Needs? Smoke Detectors!

Do smoke detectors pick up frostburn?Visitors to the IceHotel in the village of
Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, should consider themselves lucky. Well,
obviously, the hotel, which is exactly what the name suggests, is a
huge draw around the world and reservations aren’t exactly easy to
come by. Anybody who can afford a room there probably leads a
pretty lucky life. But visitors are also lucky that they all
haven’t perished in a roaring fire! It turns out the IceHotel has
been operating all this time (since 1990) with no smoke

Authorities in Sweden have finally
put an end
to this reckless endangerment by the company.
Courtesy of Agence France-Presse:

The Ice Hotel, located in the small Arctic town of Jukkasjarvi,
is following a request by authorities to guarantee the safety of
its guests.

Hotel spokeswoman Beatrice Karlsson said the hotel was a little
surprised at first, but understood as “there are things that can
actually catch fire, like pillows, sleeping bags or reindeer

“To us the most important concern is the safety of our clients,
so we will comply,” she said.

Some may point out that fires that break out in pillows and
sleeping bags are unlikely to spread anywhere in a hotel made
entirely out of ice or produce enough smoke to cause serious
inhalation problems, but that’s not the point! The point is that
safety rules must be followed no matter what!

Plus, ice can totally catch on fire. As this little experiment
below shows, all they have to do is accidentally build the IceHotel
on top of a bunch of calcium carbide:

from Hit & Run

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