Warning: people can be stupid

by Volker Weber

This is so American. You buy an extension cord. And it's full of attached labels warning you about the dangers of electricity.

Comments

And always remember: "Microwave Ovens are not suitable for drying pets" and "Objects in the mirror are nearer then they appear"

Wolfgang Siebeck, 2012-09-07

Same with IKEA blinds - the warnings about the cord not being a toy for kids is stuck on the bottom of the blind (where it is on view whether the blind is up or down) with the strongest glue known to man.

John Keys, 2012-09-07

You're missing one, Volker. If you bought that cord in California it would have an additional label: "This product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer."

They don't tell you WHAT the chemical is, but apparently every electrical cord uses it.

Erik Brooks, 2012-09-07

In Oregon they don't even let us pump our gas ourselves :-) Handling gasoline clearly is above the average Oregonian's pay grade.

Sascha Siekmann, 2012-09-08

Does the cable have a strangulation warning on it?

Jan-Piet Mens, 2012-09-08

True story - A neighbour of mine called to ask for help as his power had gone out. I went round and found the RCD on his main distribution unit had tripped. I asked what he had been doing when the power went out.

He told me that he was decommissioning an old vacuum cleaner and wanted to recycle the copper from the power cord so had taken a pair of scissors and cut it off.

The vacuum cleaner was still plugged in at the wall socket, which was still switched on.

Before I got there he had already taken the power outlet off the wall and was rummaging around behind it, having reasoned that the fault lay somewhere in that vicinity. Fortunately by this stage the RCD had done its work and the wiring behind the socket was not live.

Chris Linfoot, 2012-09-08

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