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What Does This Sign Mean?

Do you ever see signs or warning labels and wonder what they really mean?  I'm not talking about the label on the hair dryer that tells you not to use in the shower.  I'm not talking about the label for peanut M&M's that says to be careful because there might be peanuts in them.

Look at this sign below.  This is from the playground equipment at the local park.

Playground label

It says, as you can read, "2 to 5 OR 5 to 12 years old".  What does this mean?  Does this mean that a 2 year old can't play on the equipment while a 12 year old does?  Does this mean a 5 year old can pick and choose who can play with him while he's playing?

What kind of instructions are these?  You know there are warning signs on everything because of lawyers wanting to protect the companies they represent... what is this one all about?  Maybe there should be a disclaimer in tiny print at the bottom explaining what they mean.

What signs and labels do you see around that make no sense?

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Comment balloon 21 commentsDonna Harris • May 18 2009 07:05AM



Who the heck understands this one.  Why not say children 5-12.  It is probably standard to rate the equipment for 2-5 year olds and 5-12 year olds.  In this case, the equipment is good for both groups.  Other play equipment is not.  When I was a kid, there were no signs.  You played at your own risk.  When we did something stupid (like jump off the swings at the highest point), it was our own fault if we got hurt.  And we did get hurt...... no one got sued and we lived to tell our children.

Have a great day.

Make this YOUR best year ever


Posted by Leander McClain, Cecil & Harford County Realtor almost 11 years ago

That sign is pretty wacky! I'll have to take a closer look around today and get back to you! LOL

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) almost 11 years ago

It is great because you know the municipality over paid and meant to say not for children under 5. But they bought a cute signe, from someone realative at a high price that makes no sense. Or maybe I am over analysing

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros ( almost 11 years ago

Instruction labels have become a way to CYA.  Often that is the only intent.

Rather than give useful instructions, most manufacturers are simply trying to reduce liability.  It is a shame that "sue-happy" people have forced the peanut M&M's to be labeled as "May contain peanuts".  It makes us all look like idiots.

Posted by Kathi Frank, The Woodlands TX (Kate Writes Right) almost 11 years ago

Donna, there are so many "interesting" signs and warnings around us, that one can only wonder how we ever survived without them:)

Posted by Joanna Szwyd (StoneHouse Properties) almost 11 years ago

That is the silliest sign and I have no idea but I bet the printer screwed up and the installer did not know the difference! Ha!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Let me see....ahh..for 2-12?  I am is too early for this insanity!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Who makes these crazy things? Looks almost like someone screwed up and just added another field to fix it or maybe there is just some legal reason. Who knows

Posted by John Combs (Alan Deblat Real Estate Corp.) almost 11 years ago

Goofy signs usually show up after some type of lawsuit was settled.  So here we have a lawsuit from a 2-5 yr old and from a 5-12 year old.  Just guessing of course.  :) Donna, Have a great week.

Posted by South Austin Real Estate Blog (Sky Realty South Austin) almost 11 years ago

Donna, I think your are right. They don't want the big kids playing with the little kids. Looks like the five year olds have it made. They get to play on the equipment all the time.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 11 years ago

Michael, has made a good point, lucky 5 year-old's got it make.

Posted by Mary Strang almost 11 years ago

Hi Donna, Good post. Thanks for sharing.

Best - Sash

Posted by Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate (RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd.) almost 11 years ago

You can bet this sign was approved by some governMENTAL agency!

Posted by Tom Boos, Providing the very best of service to Sellers and (Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living) almost 11 years ago

I've seen a lot of silly signs, but this one gets the award for "most ambiguous".

Posted by Cheryl Powell - The Powell Team, Concord,Harrisburg & Charlotte NC Area Real Estate (Southern Homes of The Carolinas - The Powell Team) almost 11 years ago

Donna.  My guess would be that it was a big playground set and there were portions rated okay for kids 2-5 and portions rated okay for kids 5-12.  When i bring my little guy to parks, there is some parts of the equipment that he's big/old enough for and others not even close.

Posted by Leonard Thomas (RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs) almost 11 years ago

That is pretty crazy as far as instructions go!  When my little ones started on formula...I noticed that the company had actually printed the following on the label: "Warning: must mix with water before serving".  I guess there are those out there who might try to spoon feed their infant the powder! :-)

Posted by Jeanna Martinez (RE/MAX Access) almost 11 years ago

It could also be the printers or proofreaders fault. Silly things get printed and posted on stuff all the time. I once had a stuffed pink panther that had a tag that said "Do not play with chind in plastic bag." It was made and printed in China so maybe it was just the language barrier.

Posted by Betina Foreman, Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY (WJK Realty) almost 11 years ago

Leander, WHen I was a kid, there weren't even parents watching to make sure kids were paying attention!  The parents stayed home and they just sent us out!

Lizette, I would be interested in what you find while out today.

Charlie, I think it is for children under five, though, because there's two sets of equipment. THe above sign came from the smaller of the two sets.

Kathi, I love the peanut M&M label!  Ridiculous...

Joanna, The lawyers weren't as rich!

Russell, The installer could probably careless. They just do what told.

Gary, That's some rough playing with a 2 and a 12 year old. I was in junior high at 12. I wouldn't play with a 2 year old!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 11 years ago

John, Probably a legal reason.

Gail, Probably!

Michael, THose 5 year olds definitely have it made!

Mary, Yep!

Shasha, Thanks for stopping by.

Tom, LOL!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 11 years ago

Cheryl, Sure does!

Leonard, That would make sense if there was only one set of equipment, but the big-kid section was about 25 feet away.  Good seeing you commenting again.

Jeanna, I never noticed that label before! Too funny.

Betina, Makes sense.



Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - almost 11 years ago

That's weird, that doesn't make any sense.  No wonder our youth is confused.

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) almost 11 years ago