Last week I stayed in a hostel (bunkhouse) in Scotland. It was spanking new and beautifully set up. The kitchen was very well equipped. In its well-filled guest book, all the guests said how good it was, and how nice the staff were. But there were two faults that were mentioned many times. This is one of them:
The dorms were off a covered outdoor deck, motel-style. They had windows on to the deck, with roller blinds. Along the deck were 3 BRIGHT lights, which were set to be ON throughout the hours of darkness. These lights were almost exactly outside the dorm windows. So, within the dorm, it looked like dawn was breaking outside. All night. Such a pity in a quiet location where no other lights are in view.
I mentioned this to the owner on the occasion that I saw her. She said, essentially, "I was told to do this by the health & safety person, otherwise I wouldn't have got the certificate. They are in case there is a fire".
Of course I have no idea what discussions went on between the designers and the officials. But I could see that the fire problem would be sufficiently solved by a fainter light at each end of the deck, not shining directly on any of the windows.
Of course fire precautions are important, but isn't this absurd? Has anyone had any discussions with fire officials, and are they rigid in their demands or are they open to modifications?