House inspection, concluded

So the inspector just left after spending 4 minutes looking around the house. Everything was fine and the only thing she noted were cracks in the wall above the front door and in the ceiling in the living room–which have been noted on every inspection I’ve had I think.

I couldn’t resist asking her about the fire extinguisher. First, she didn’t even check to make sure it was charged (it was). So when she was all done and filling out the paper work, I asked if the fire extinguisher requirement was new. She said yes. I then said, “So you check to see that the person has a fire extinguisher, but not if they are trained to use it?”

“Oh no,” she said, “It’s not in our codes that people be trained to use a fire extinguisher–just that they have one.”

Oh well, what are you gonna do.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.