Panopticon Of CPSC Hazardous Product Illustrations

We find ourselves oddly captivated by this gallery of product warnings we unearthed on the Consumer Product Safety Commission site.

Don’t drink the liquids under the sink (here’s a picture of a kid doing so). Don’t set your armchair on fire. Cylinder indicates possible area of entrapment. Discard all lawn darts. Beware of playing with electric trains while reading.

Click the images in the box above to begin browsing the 93 images.

There’s definitely some tshirts to be made here. — BEN POPKEN


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  1. Nicholai says:

    Gotta love the big red “NO!” on em’.

  2. ahwannabe says:

    But nothing can beat Stick Figure Warning Man.

  3. Antediluvian says:

    Although you might be able to pull off panopticon, you might consider calling it a panoply instead. Trove works too.

    Although I do appreciate the Dr Who reference (along w/ the other meanings).

  4. ptkdude says:

    I should lawyer up and sue my parents… they never taught me it was dangerous to listen to the radio while I’m doing the dishes.

  5. My favorite is the “No Guitar Hero for you!” toddler:

  6. Warnings:

    Trampolines may cause your hair to catch fire.

    Keep gigantic lighters away from children.

    Do NOT wear daisy-dukes on stationary bikes.

    Your All Terrain Vehicle is designed exclusively for use on surfaces that do not require turning.

  7. The Bigger Unit says:

    Your baby is supposed to sit in its stroller, not hang by its neck through the leg opening.

  8. mac-phisto says:

    you’ll never get my lawn darts, CPSC. they’re mine, ALL MINE!

  9. Canadian Impostor says:

    @The Nature Boy: I feel horrible but I can’t stop laughing uncontrollably at that image.

  10. etinterrapax says:

    @mac-phisto: When my husband was a kid, he knew someone who got one of the darts stuck in his skull (not all the way through; just lodged in the bone enough to stick). Even having witnessed that, he still thinks that the disappearance of lawn darts is absurd. I’m inclined to agree.

  11. tracyjordanvsodb says:

    Why the pic of the “Discover” card? High intrest rate warning?

  12. ckilgore says:

    This is the first thing I am passing out when I start my nerd bike gang.

  13. heathalouise says:

    Sure, drawstrings are deadly, but a giant pair of scissors following your kid down the slide is totally OK.

  14. DXDawg says:


    That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard in a long time.

    I’m just not sure why.

  15. madktdisease says:

    wait! i know how this is going to end!

  16. Angiol says:

    @madktdisease: In a 404? Or did you mean this?

  17. CoffeeAddict says:

    These pictures are hilarious