Over the last few years it seems to me as though health and safety warnings have gone from being really helpful to the general public to just being downright silly. I mean, it’s like the people issuing them think we have absolutely no common sense whatsoever. How rude!
Saying that though, I’ve come across quite a few health and safety warnings recently that have actually made me laugh out loud. And as I wanted to do something a little different for today’s blog post I thought I’d share a few of them with you. I hope they make you chuckle as much as they did me!
REMOVE CHILD FROM GARMENT BEFORE WASHING
When I first became a mummy I always read the washing instructions on Stacey’s clothes before attempting to get them clean so I wouldn’t ruin them. Usually they would just say things such as wash at 40° and wash similar colours together.
One day however, I came to wash a new dress that I’d bought her, and when I looked at the label it had the words remove child from garment before washing on. Can you believe it?! Are there really parents out there who would think that combining their child’s bath time with a load of washing was a good idea? I highly doubt it! That’s just craziness!
PEANUTS MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF NUTS
I regularly buy packets of nuts from the shop, and one thing I’ve noticed is that they always have the words may contain traces of nuts written on them! Now, I know that nut allergies can be really serious and that manufacturers are just covering themselves by giving us this information. But I do think it’s a little over the top.
I mean, if you know you have a nut allergy it’s unlikely you’re going to go out and buy yourself a packet of them isn’t it? And if someone else handed you some then there would be clues on the front of the pack so you’d know not to touch them either. Y’know, like the words peaNUTS, cashew NUTS, monkey NUTS. The list goes on! If you can read then it should be easy enough to avoid picking up a packet of nuts by mistake and thinking they’re something else … shouldn’t it?
DO NOT IRON WHILE WEARING
I have to say that I’m one of the very few people I know who does a lot of ironing. I can’t stand having creased clothes! I often come across funny health and safety warnings if I check to see if there’s a particular way I need to iron something. But the one that made me chuckle the most was when I found a shirt whose label read do not iron while wearing!
I had to ask myself if anyone would really be as daft as to iron their shirts while still wearing them?! I know I wouldn’t. I think it would hurt. A lot. I don’t really know what else I can say!
NOT TO BE — USED FOR DRYING PETS
A couple of years ago our microwave broke, and I was lucky enough to be able to treat myself to a nice, fancy new one. But when I was reading through the leaflet that came with it, and saw that they were warning people that it was not to be used for drying pets I had to get a family member to have a glance at it and see if I’d read it right!
Surely nobody in their right mind would think ‘Oh no, poor old Patch is soaking wet and it will take me ages to get him dry. I’ll just bung him in the microwave for 3 minutes.’ Honestly guys, I can’t catch my breath!
SLEEPING PILLS MAY MAKE YOU DROWSY
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you may recall that earlier in the year I was having trouble getting Oscar to go to sleep at night. When I eventually got him back to going to sleep at a normal time though, I found that my own sleeping pattern was all over the place. And I had ended up paying a visit to my GP to see if there was anything they could suggest to help me drift off into a peaceful sleep at night.
Luckily she could help, and she prescribed me some sleeping pills. Now, I’d never had to take anything like this before, so I made sure I read the instructions really carefully. And I was surprised to see they advised that sleeping pills may make you drowsy. Erm, isn’t that the whole point? I’d have been worried if they’d stated that they’d make me want to go to an all night rave, but drowsiness was definitely something I was after!
TOUCHING WIRE CA– USES INSTANT DEATH AND A £200 FINE!
Ah, this is one of my favourite crazy health and safety warning stories to tell! A few years ago me and my friend were waiting for a tram, and as I glanced over to a nearby sign I noticed it read touching wire causes instant death : £200 fine.
Now, I appreciate the warning about touching the wire. I most definitely wasn’t going to touch it after reading that it would cause me to die instantly. However, I was kind of confused as to how I would be fined the £200. Does someone collect it on the other side? Who knows?! I’m not in any hurry to find out though …
WEARING OF SUPERHERO COSTUME DOES NOT ENABLE YOU TO FLY
And last but certainly not least is the most recent of all the crazy health and safety warnings I’ve come across.
A couple of months ago I bought Oscar a superhero costume as he absolutely loves to dress up. It’s a really nice one with a mask and a cape attached. And on the very front of the packaging, I kid you not, it says: wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly. Really?! It doesn’t?! Well in that case I want my money back! Hehe.
Honestly guys I really don’t know who thinks these warnings up! But maybe whoever it is should consider taking some NEBOSH Certificate Courses so they can learn the difference between actual health and safety issues and something that’s just common sense. What do you guys think?
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post and (hopefully) had a giggle at some of my stories.
Now it’s over to you! Have you ever come across any really daft health and safety warnings in your time?
Let me know in the comments below!