Monthly Archives: October 2018

Warning: Keep Away From Water

So way back on September 14, my blow dryer quit. Just like that in a puff of smoke it was done. This is what happened:


So there is an old electrician saying, “Let the smoke out” as in ‘You let the smoke out of that drill.’ Or ‘I let the smoke out of my hair dryer.’ This morning there was no power tools involved unless you classify a hair dryer as a power tool. Just about done drying my hair when out of the corner of my left eye I saw something. Something wispy, something smoky. The procedure for when you let the smoke out of something, is to hit the kill switch and unplug. Which is what I did. I shut of the dryer and unplugged. To be honest my blow dryer is still fine, because the smoke actually came out of the power cord, right near the plug end, not the dryer itself. And when I say that the blow dryer is fine, it was actually taken from my hand by He Who Isn’t An Electrician, but pretends he is, and disposed of in a safe manner. Thank goodness it’s the weekend, because my mission is to find myself a new blow dryer….It’s Friday! It’s going to be a great weekend. Always remember and never forget: A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

Well, it has been a while, and a few days ago I after some of my hair got sucked in the intake of my small travel blow dryer, I figured it was time to get a new one. I looked at a few recommendations from friends on FB and as marvelous as the blow dryer from the Vacuum People sounds, I don’t think it’s really necessary for me. So down to the Not-A-Loser store and found an even better blow dryer than the one from the Vacuum People. I know, you didn’t think it was possible, but it was. The one I got is made by a car company….wait for it……Mazda!! True story! I couldn’t actually find anywhere that it actually said ‘Mazda’ but it is a Rx7 and when I put that into the Google Machine, it came up with a picture of a shiny, red Mazda and the blow dryer I picked out is shiny, red, too!!! Is this not the most exciting thing ever. And it didn’t cost nearly as much as a car or as a vacuum for that matter. Win-Win.

Another reason I know this must be from a car manufacturer is because it came with a “Safety & Instructions Information” pamphlet. There is a whole page in IMPORTANT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS such as – Keep this appliance out of the reach of children….but a few points down it changes to – Close supervision is necessary when this appliance is used by, on or near children….Hmmmm

Next big warning KEEP AWAY FROM WATER and if you are unclear as to what exactly that means, they say it again in 4 out of the next 5 points…#2. Do not use while bathing. Is an example…

Then we move onto the warning part. WARNING: To risk of burns, electrocution, fire, or injury to persons:

And then there is 30 points….yes, 30 points of what not to do with this blow dryer so as to reduce the risk of getting hurt. I, for one, have never been hurt by a blow dryer, but apparently the Mazda people felt it was necessary to warn the public about the dangers of this blow dryer…Some of the more perplexing warnings: #2. This dryer is hot when in use. Do not let eyes and bare skin touch heated surfaces….Exactly how does one go about touching an eye to a hot blow dryer? And who would even think to do this???….#4. An appliance should never be lift (it’s what it says) unattended when plugged in….If you are unattending it, obviously you can’t lift it. Duh….# 9 is like #8 but they thought it wise to mention the water hazard, one more time….a favorite of mine is #15. Never use while sleeping…..and a close second fav is #20. Do not direct hot air toward eyes or other heat sensitive areas…So many redundancies of the oh, so many points.

Anyways, I have been using my new shiny, red Mazda Rx7 blow dryer for a few weeks now, and I happy to report there has been not even one major or minor incident. So maybe the 30 + warnings are working….