Flaming Pillows

Sunday, December 9, 2007

I went to Wal-Mart at midnight Saturday night to go shopping.  Midnight is a good time to go if you want to avoid the crush of weekend holiday shoppers.  More about that tomorrow.....

At the store, there was this big bin of holiday throw pillows on sale for about $9 each.  $8.88 to be more precise, as Wal-Mart always seems to have these weird pricing amounts.  Thinking that a couple of these would be nice to have on the couch, I bought 2.  One with a snowman design, another with Santa.  They look nice.

Got home, and before I put the pillows on the couch, I needed to remove the big white tags.  You know.... those tags that tell you its against the law to remove the tags (unless you are the consumer using the pillow), that everyone makes fun of.  Actually, I'm not sure there was a tag that said that exactly, but there was one tag that caught my eye.  It read as follows:

"This article does not meet the flammability requirements of California Bureau of Home Furnishings Technical Bulletin 117.  Care should be exercised near open flame or with burning cigarettes."

What?  What's that mean exactly?  Why are they selling this here in Oklahoma if its not good enough for California?  If it's not safe there, why is it safe here?  How easily will this pillow burst into flame? 

Now I look at these pillows, sitting on my couch, like little time bombs just waiting to go off.  I don't smoke, but I do like to have a fire in the fireplace.  Would that set off these pillows?  I don't know... but to be safe, I moved the pillows to the point on the couch furthest from the fire place.  With a warning like that, you gotta be careful.

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