“Labels” – Chapter Educator, Dennis Murphy

Do you know that everything that we own has a warning label attached to it. And even if you do, it is nearly impossible to determine if a product represents a true hazard or are they a bunch of words just there to prevent a lawsuit.

A paper published in the Harvard Business Review concluded that the U.S. warning label system “Fails at distinguishing between large and small risks.”

Clearly the idea behind warning labels is an important one. Consumers need to be informed of possible risk before buying or using a product.      First, I would tell you, Warning: Do not read this article if you are sleeping.

I found some very interesting labels while looking around.

“Not intended for highway use” found on a wheel barrel.

“Remove child before folding” found on a baby stroller.

“Do not put hands under deck or try to pick up while running” found on a lawn mower.

“Keep securely fastened on your head when your ride. Otherwise, if you are involved in a crash, it is likely to fly off your head” found on a helmet.

What we need is a system that allows people to distinguish between a modest risk or an explicit warning. Clearly the idea behind warning labels is an important one. Consumers need to be informed of possible risks before buying or using a product.

We as customers just glaze over when we look at all these warnings.

The reason that I brought this subject to your attention is that we come across a lot of dumb warnings. But there are many good reasons to read these labels before you proceed with using the product. Even if you think you can handle any mishaps that can occur. Who knows, you can either have a good laugh or learn something new. But there is a reason that those stickers are there. Someone thinks there is a hazard. Do not be a victim of your own, for not paying attention to the labels.

Enjoy the weather and safe riding!!!

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