Ice Hotel told to install fire alarms

Despite being made entirely out of ice, the world renown Ice Hotel in northern Sweden must install a fire alarm system before it can open to its guests this season.

Sweden's National Housing Board is requiring the installation, according to news agency TT. The hotel is rebuilt every year from massive blocks of ice from a nearby river and this year's structure, still under construction, must install the alarms.

"Building regulations says that we have to have an alarm. Since we build the hotel every year, we also have to follow the rules," Alf Kero, the hotel's site manager, was quoted by the travel industry magazine Besöksliv.

He said the alarm has already been tested once.

"We had someone sneaking a smoke in a broom closet. The alarm went off, and it was a good test to show that it works," he told TT.