While it is true that many of the fire code rules are the result of significant tragic experience, but many of them aren’t.
One example is the rule that if more than three people can be in a commercial building it must have two exits. Go into your bedroom to see the absurdity of that rule — if at least three people could be in it, does it need a second exit or is that just obviously ridiculous?
Like another writer said, the people making the codes would be out of a job if they didn’t keep making them stricter.
There is no cost-benefit analysis of these rules. No looking at how the total building codes have added a very large amount to the cost of building a house or business. Costs that make home ownership too high for many. Cost that, particularly in smaller communities with fewer customers, make getting enough profit to pay for a building too high to build and have a business.
Example: the Pine/Strawberry Fire Department now requires that any new commercial building 1,000 square feet or larger have a sprinkler system, around $10,000 to install at only 1,000 square feet. There is not enough business to pay for that extra cost that for that size building is a doubtful necessity.
The answer I got about that problem from someone from the fire department, was, “Well don’t build then.” That attitude, which is evident is all these comments, support more costly rules without questioning them.