Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Thanks For The Warning!

This is Lula Mae's pool. It holds roughly 5 gallons of water, max. When filled, it may have a total of 5 inches of water in it. She takes a bath in more water that that. It's cute though! I am terribly afraid of water, so poor Lula Mae has to suffer and play in this pool that is meant for a 10 month old baby. I could have gotten her the two ring pool, but the thought of that made me cringe in the store so I opted for the incredibly boring one ring model. Although it is a baby pool and she is absolutley not a baby, she has a great time so I don't feel too terribly bad. After having the pool for a good month I realized I had never checked the warning labels. Once I did check them confusion set in, laughter emerged and a blog post was imminent! Take a quick glance at the label below...

Ok, did you catch that? The picture of the kid treading water (deep water) and the parent keeping visual contact? Please know that I do keep my eyes on my child at all times when she is in the pool, but in the puddle that is her pool the last thing she is able to do is tread water!

Now, did you read the bold print that says "NO DIVING!"? Again, being that this pool is more like a puddle I'm not so sure that was really necessary. I really love that they felt the need to add "You can break your neck and be paralyzed" under the NO DIVING. Not only that, they put a picture about it too! I must say, Lula Mae was really looking forward to practicing her Olympic diving skills this summer. Sorry sweet girl, the label says no!

Now, take a quick look at the other warning label.

I can understand this label, for the most part. Except for the last part. "Pool fencing laws may affect this product, please contact your local council for further information"...So basically, I may have to fence in my baby pool???? Really???? I'm gonna take my chances and not call my local council for further information. It actually seems like a contradiction considering the sentence above says to empty the pool when not in use. It sure would be silly to fence in an empty baby pool. But hey, that's just me!

Any parent knows that baby stuff in general has silly warning labels. I am still trying to figure out why our space saver highchair says "do not use as a car seat". Does that mean someone tried it? Or are there really people out there that are that dumb that they would have to check to see if it would be ok to use it as both a highchair and a car seat? I always read warning labels, but not always for the right reasons. Sometimes I am just looking for a good laugh!

8 comments:

Tiffany said...

Oh my goodness that is hilarious! Those warning labels always bother me because, to me, it says that someone already tried it. Like the "caution: contents may be hot" labels on coffee cups. I always think, "NO DUH!!!"

Beth Zimmerman said...

Reminds me of a lawn mower (complete with pictures) that advised the user NOT to pick it up and use it to trim bushes (holding it from underneath where fingers would come in contact with blades). And coffee cups that warn you contents may be hot! Hello? Suit crazy world!

Lauren said...

That is too funny!! Olivia would need those warnings. She LOVES to swim and is not afraid to try anything. We had to buy her the swim suit w/ a built-in life jacket because she just wants to jump in and go.

McCrakensx4 said...

Thanks for that giggle! I love the last line as well...living in AZ we do have that law and we must put a sign on our fence stating that we have a pool!

Regina said...

So I have to comment, seeing as how I use to write these type of labels for tommy Hilfiger bedding and bath--funny thing is people we would hold meetings over this insanely stupid stuff--I once debated about a warning for a washcloth that would read POSSIBLE CHOKING HAZARD--LOL so anyhoo, needless to say that job was a barrel of laughs:-)

HeatherOz said...

That is so funny! Atleast the pool is entertaining for both of you!!

Emmy said...

Too too funny. Sadly in this sue happy world you gave to have labels like that.

rachel... said...

Regina just confirmed my suspicion that there are entire departments at companies whose job it is to decide what insane thing someone could do to, with, on, or around the product and bring a lawsuit.