Beware: Falling Street Lights

Perhaps you’ve heard the story of Chicken Little, well, this time the sky really is falling. There are 1,600 street light fixtures all over the United States that, due to a faulty coupling system, could collapse at any time. Yes, you heard us. Street lights could randomly fall on you.

From the recall notice: “The lighting fixtures could fall from their lamp posts…This poses a risk of injury for persons beneath the lighting fixtures.”

What does this mean for you: These fixtures could be in your apartment complex, in a park, a playground, or you could have had a contractor install them in your yard. They were not available at DIY stores.

For maintenance people, the recall advises: “Persons responsible for maintaining outdoor lighting fixtures or streetlights should immediately cordon off the area underneath each lighting fixture and contact Beacon to receive free retrofit kits.”

Consumers, never leave the house. Sit inside, drink Earl Grey tea and read the Consumerist. It’s the only sensible thing to do.

[via CPSC]

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  1. Mauvaise says:

    Beacon, eh? All I have to say is thank the gods it’s not a manufacturer my company reps.

  2. AcidReign says:

    …..We have one of those big Metropolis-like models across the street from us, with what HAD to be a million-watt bulb. It was so bright, you could read at midnight on the front porch. More annoyingly, it would fool the birds, causing incessant chirping ALL NIGHT LONG!

    …..When the little old lady who got the city to install it left for the nursing home, my neighbor took his Browning 30 ought six to it. He’s a hero! We have actual nighttime again in our neighborhood! Yay!

    …..The fixture was really heavy, and did leave a dent in the pavement when it fell. It was difficult to drag into the woods.

  3. OH, so that means if you are anywhere near the following areas:

    Arch Air Medical Center – Montana
    Pentagon Wedge 5 Building – Washington
    Langley Air Force Base – Virginia
    Naval Air Station – Virginia

    or

    Tampa Cruise Terminal – Tampa
    Long Island Railroad – New York
    New York City Transit Authority – New York
    Maryland Transportation Department – Maryland

    You should watch out. ph33r.

  4. Chairman-Meow says:

    Thanks to the Comsumerist, I will now be able to correctly identify the light fixture sticking out of my skull after the coupler fails.

  5. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    Hmm, I always liked the old Radial-Wave fixtures, so if I had the choice of being maimed by one of them slicing through my skull, that would be my preference.