said by Jtmo:
My families lives are worth more than a few lousy 9 volt batteries. Your family may not be as valuable.
That is commonly where it ends with emotional appeals.
For another approach, take note of the opportunity cost, especially when looked at on a macro level.
100 million households in the US
One detector per household
One dollar per replacement battery
= $100 million spent every time everybody replaces their battery.
happening because we're spending $100 million on batteries?
If batteries are replaced once a year instead of twice a year, we collectively save a lot of money.
Now, not that it would ever happen, but let's say taxes were increased by $1 per household.
With that $100 million, every household gets a free battery per year (purchased at wholesale cost based on competitive supplier bid), $5 million is spent on program administration, and $45 million is made available to rewire houses where inspectors have found electrical fire hazards.
Is it now more likely there would be fewer fires? Yes.
Is it more likely that everybody has a good battery in their detector? Probably.--
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