Life Saving Device

When I purchase a product like the AeroBed, I know it’s going to include an unintentionally funny warning tag. Such tags read like a Who’s Who from the Darwin Awards, full of delightful clues into how owners used the product incorrectly leading to a visit to the emergency room or death.

Last night the kids begged me to retrieve the AeroBed from the garage and set it up in the living room where they could watch a movie for 20 minutes before falling asleep. When I began to inflate the bed, I noticed this warning.

My favorite line is This is not a life saving device. But I’m not sure what to make of it. Does AeroBed mean their inflatable mattress should not be used as a floatation device? One of my goals is to use a product so inappropriately that my actions result in a revision to the warning tag.

All I know is that the AeroBed is a life saving device when Kim and I want to watch a movie on a Friday night and the kids won’t stay in their own beds. Within minutes of inflation the kids are watching “Cars” for the 300th time and on the verge of sleep.

If that’s not life saving for the parents I don’t know what is.



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