Safety Warnings -- how to do it right!

I saw this on the MAKE blog today.  It is, I think, the single greatest effort at a properly respectful (to the intelligence of the user) safety warning that I've seen.  Kudos both to the tech writer who came up with it, and the lawyers who had enough common sense to release it into the wild.

My only complaint is that on SparkFun's Web page, the instruction manual is a completely inaccessible JPEG image.  Perhaps part of being "safe" is not allowing anyone with low vision or who reads a language other than English, to know about the product?  (Yes, I've contacted them directly about it.)

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lemonie6 years ago

Good find!

I liked the sign on my paint stripping gun (>350C)
"Not to be used as hairdryer"

I bought a Frisbee, size of a dinner plate, moulded as a single piece.

Apparently it was not for the under-threes because of a choking hazard...

craftyv6 years ago
When I did a marketing course we were taught to say/show what TO do, not what not to do. The reasoning behind this is that people don't really read everything they assume they know it. An example. My library had a picture of a video tape stuck on the returns desk, this had a red X on top and the words , "don't put video's here". Of course everybody DID put there video's on the picture because sublimily that's what it suggested. They took my advice and removed it and put a large sign and a slot saying, "please put your tapes in here". Vwalah.
Biggsy6 years ago
"Things will likely get meltier than you are bargaining for' - HA Genious!

High Five for you for spotting it
kelseymh (author)  Biggsy6 years ago
:-D Even the name is loaded with awesomeness -- The Heaterizer XL-3000. Eighteen feet tall, stomping through the streets of Detroit melting abandoned cars and boaded-up crack houses....