Scary Warning Labels Photo Contest


I made a Babies R Us run this morning. Before I left, my wife mentioned that our 12-month-old daughter could use a few more sets of size-12-months pajamas. I didn't walk into the store with any strong preferences. The pajamas should be the right size, look somewhat adorable, and feel sufficiently soft. Oh, and if it's at all avoidable, the pajamas should not spontaneously burst into flames.

I'll admit that I'm not the primary purchaser of baby clothes in our household, so maybe the "Loose-fitting garment is more likely to catch fire" warning is something people just look past, like the "Don't operate a snowmobile" warning on my cough syrup.

When I got home, I did some Googling, and I learned that the labels have been government mandated since June of 2000. Here's the part of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's press release that jumped out at me:

"Children are most at risk from burn injuries that result from playing with fire (matches, lighters, candles, burners on stoves) just before bedtime and just after rising in the morning."

I'm all for keeping kids safe, but shouldn't the warning labels say "Don't let your baby play with your lighter before bedtime (and after rising in the morning)"?*

But enough about my daughter's flammable pajamas. Have you stumbled across any scary, bizarre, unsettling or hilarious warning labels? Do you have a camera? We'll award three (3) t-shirts to our three favorite entries (one shirt per favorite). Email them to, and we'll post the best of the bunch on the blog next week. And if you don't have photo evidence but remember seeing a good warning label, tell us about it in the comments. [Note: I had the wrong email address listed for much of today, so if anyone sent in a photo to that address, we didn't get it. Sorry about that.]

*I was channeling my inner Brian Regan with this paragraph. "'Danger, Falling Rocks'? Shouldn't that sign read, 'Road Closed'?"