DHS: Boy Scout Tents Don't Need Smoke Detectors

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A Michigan agency says the Boy Scouts of America won't need to equip their two-person tents with smoke detectors.
Lawmakers who got wind that the fire safety regulation would start affecting Boy Scouts tents this summer say it's an example of government run amok.
A state Department of Human Services spokesman said Wednesday that common sense will prevail. Dave Akerly says the 2009 rule at issue was being interpreted too strictly by a bureau that oversees children's camps.
He says DHS leadership intervened after discovering there was a move afoot to require the Scouts to install smoke detectors.


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  • by spanky Location: Clinton County on Mar 7, 2013 at 06:11 PM
    The whole tent would be melted and on fire before the detector went off. By the way where is the emergency exit and fire extinguisher?
  • by JOHN GARDNER Location: Lansing on Mar 6, 2013 at 10:41 AM
    This is the SILLIEST thing I've EVER heard of!! Do they have so much time on their hands,that they have to LOOK for things like this?? Lansing already PROHIBITS kids from "camping" in their back yards(approved camping areas,only),but THIS is RIDICULOUS !!
  • by Kerry Location: Kalkaska on Mar 6, 2013 at 09:40 AM
    Oh for goodness sake.
  • by Name Location: Location on Mar 6, 2013 at 08:51 AM
    Not required by law, but those tents should have a CO alarm.
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