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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Friday, February 07, 2014

What Could Go Wrong? - The Rest Of The Story.

What can go wrong? - The Rest Of The Story.

This week we have a photo showing an interesting way to stop pranksters from pulling fire alarms... including a locking cuff as a part of the fire alarm.

Pranksters Get Locked By Fire Alarm Box

In the early 1900's there was a problem with people pulling fire alarms when there was no fire.  The large number of false alarms were a significant problem.  But there was a solution, as reported in this 1938 issue of Modern Mechanix...  a fire alarm box that slapped a locking cuff onto anyone who pulled the fire alarm.

Read the story to the left.  What could go wrong?

Here is the rest of the story.  At that time fire alarm boxes were located along sidewalks, outside of the building. So the person pulling the alarm was probably not in the burning building.

Also, the locking cuff was not attached to the alarm box.  So the person could move away from the fire, if needed.  However, the cuff was large and bulky, making it difficult for a prankster who pulled the alarm to hide.

Another Safety Idea From Modern Mechanix Magazine. This one from 1931...

What can you do if a pedestrian falls in front of your truck?  This modern miracle of a device will prevent the fallen pedestrian from being run over by rolling them in front of your truck until you can bring it to a stop.

As reported in Modern Mechanix (click here):

"This Roller Safety Device Sweeps Away Fallen Pedestrian
TRUCKS equipped with the new safety device shown in the photo at the left will literally sweep a fallen pedestrian before it and thus save him from being crushed to almost certain death beneath the heavy wheels. The device consists chiefly of a grooved roller mounted on an extension arm in front of the wheels and geared to the engine.
On coming in contact with a fallen pedestrian it tends to roll him ahead till the truck can be brought to a stop. Ordinarily, it projects out in front of the car, serving as a bumper, but is released immediately by the driver when there is a possibility of an accident."

What can go wrong - past posts:
What Could Go Wrong - Working With Pipe
What Can Go Wrong - Earth Moving Equipment
What Can Go Wrong - Wyoming Accident Examinations

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