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Is “Idiot-Proof” The Same As Safer?

The Consumer Products Safety Commission was established to help protect us from design of faulty products. Or, as stated on their website, the commission “…is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction.”

Much of what they do is an attempt to regulate common sense. Or at least some basic safety sense.  Unfortunately, the more idiot-proof something is designed to be, the more likely we will find a better idiot.

Of course, none of that applies to us, because we aren’t the idiots that they design for, right? We’ve all seen the cautions on a cup of hot coffee that that contents may be hot, but would you believe there are even more ridiculous examples:

  1. A warning label on a cardboard sunshield that says “Do not drive with shield in place”
  2. Label on a remote control that says “Not dishwasher safe”
  3. Label on a collapsible stroller that says “Remove child before folding”

We don’t need a label to tell us to be careful, we just need to be observant and turn observation into action.

What’s the most bizarre or unnecessary safety warning you have read? Can you imagine that someone might have done that to cause the warning?

Thanks, and let’s be careful out there!


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