Wednesday, March 12, 2008

What next? Banning fire altogether?

You can't beat a good Early Day motion to get the blood boiling in the morning, and thanks to Lindsay Hoyle I've got one.
That this House notes with concern the number of fires caused by tea lights; recognises that these small lights can easily cause fires due to the flame being exposed; and calls on the Government to work with manufacturers to ensure that the lights are designed with sturdy mounts and fireproof casing in addition to warnings labels on the dangers of naked flames.
Reality check! Have you seen a tealight? Have you measured them? Where exactly do you intend to put a warning label? The only space is on the bottom for pitys sake where, guess what, no one would be able to see it. And anyway, anyone who needs a warning to remind them that fire is flammable deserves everything they get.

As the delightful Trixy said when I mentioned this to her, "'calls on the Government to work with manufacturers'? What are they going to do? Send a crack team of MPs on a junket and suddenly discover the manufacturers just happen to be in the Seychelles?".

What I wondered was whether some of them might go on round a tealight factory and say "hmmmm wax.... I like wax". They'll be calling for a ban on fire next.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just about the only place you don't get warning labels these days is on cars. I reckon it will happen though. My new tractor has triangular yellow stickers placed near every conceivable hazard, as you can imagine my new red tractor looks like a mass of yellow. Of course this is not about my safety, it is all about protecting the manufacturer.

JuliaM said...

"That this House notes with concern the number of fires caused by tea lights; recognises that these small lights can easily cause fires due to the flame being exposed..."

Well, if it's a small fire, it's easily handled with a fire extinguisher, isn't it?

Ooops, no, scratch that!

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article3525380.ece

anthonynorth said...

In cases like this, there is only one cause of fires.
Idiots.

Cinnamon said...

"In cases like this, there is only one cause of fires.
Idiots."

We need compulsory IQ cards so we can limit the dangerous things that people can buy.

;-D

Anonymous said...

He's being a good little EU apparatchik. There's a couple of European companies that cannot compete with Chinese prices for candles and the commisars are trying for import levies to protect these companies.

Just bring in a law to make them more difficult to make may well reduce the numbers coming in.

Paranoid? Moi?

STB.

Anonymous said...

So precisely what is the "number" of fires thus caused which we are interested to note?

Trumpeter Lanfried said...

Trouble is, now all the big decisions are made in Europe MPs can only fiddle about with the small print. Even my little parish council wouldn't waste time on this issue.

Gawain Towler AKA Elaib Harvey said...

I thought it was the candle manufacturers that were going to ban sunlight