In 2006 in Anderson, Missouri…just a few miles away from the county where I live that has no building codes or licensed contractors…there was a nursing home that caught fire and burned to the ground. The fire started from a faulty electrical system in the attic.
11 innocent people died in their sleep.
The state conducted the usual “study” to determine how to ensure that such future tragedies can be avoided.
One of the several recommendations was almost too obvious to record…that is the recommendation that an annual inspection be done of all state nursing homes by a “qualified electrician”.
Since our state has no building codes and has no licensing requirements for electricians (or plumbers, HVAC techs, or builders)…the state could not come to a definition of exactly what is a “qualified electrician”.
Accordingly…and much to the shame of the Missouri legislature…residents of over 6,000 nursing home facilities are going to sleep tonight in facilities that have never been inspected by a qualified electrician.
There is no doubt in my mind that…had it been a motel filled with members of the Missouri Association of Realtors that caught fire and burned 11 of their members to death, they would not be using their political clout to fight building codes and contractor licenses.