If I believe it to be reasonable but the jury disagrees… that’s the thing that scares me.
Finding a jury of people who understand what’s reasonable in the same way I do… Well it’s one of many reason we now live in Missouri instead of California. We prefer to live amongst people who understand “reasonable” more the way we do.
Case in point right in the article… the idea that wetting the hay down periodically would be a reasonable approach to reducing the risk of setting the house on fire. Reasonable city people might think it’s a reasonable thing to do.
In fact, if you do that the hay will compost, heat up, and there’s a good chance it will eventually spontaneously combust, setting the hypothetical garage and house on fire. A reasonable country person would know that was NOT a reasonable thing to do.
In this case, a city jury might find for your reasonableness differently than the country jury.
There’s not a lot of law on hay storage so reasonable or correct understanding of the law isn’t a factor in this case, but city/country expectations and knowledge is part of the context which would influence what is found “reasonable”.