Wheelchair Stairs?

[Photograph of wheelchair access stair]I WAS SURPRISED TO SEE A DISABLED ACCESS THAT INVOLVED A FLIGHT OF STAIRS.

Naturally, I took a photograph to show you all. Please double click on the image to see an enlarged version.

Not only is this disabled access a narrow passage which could prove restrictive to anyone coming the other way, but the entire building is atop one of the steepest hills in the city centre.

Things are certainly getting worse when signs are simply put up to comply with some obscure bit of legislation.

Emergency Procedure?

[Picture of an emergency telephone inside a lift]I WAS RECENTLY SENT THIS PHOTOGRAPH OF AN ELEVATOR EMERGENCY TELEPHONE.

The telephone is a panel screwed to the wall inside the lift itself, it states:

“EMERGENCY TELEPHONE

PRESS ALARM
BUTTON FOR
3 SECONDS
IF UNANSWERED
PRESS AGAIN”

I don’t know about you, but this is not very reassuring; you are in a loop of pressing an alarm and waiting, pressing an alarm and waiting…

Things are getting worse when an emergency telephone has the possibility of being “unanswered”!

Weird Danger Sign

[Picture of sign for heavy stone ornament warning]I WAS STRUCK BY THIS UNUSUAL WARNING SIGN.

It seems to be alerting people to the danger of heavy stone ornaments overcoming their innate inertia to convert their potential energy into kinetic energy by suddenly becoming mobile and “leaping” from pedestals and other high places onto unwary bypassers.

The full sign is shown below — please double left click on the image to enlarge.

[picture of ]Full warning sign about heavy stone ornaments falling

“Heavy stone ornaments can be unstable” is not really what one might call good news is it?  One would kind-of expect the heaviness to play a better part in making the stone ornament fairly stable.

Things are getting worse when, instead of ensuring the stability of heavy stone ornaments, a sign can be taken as good enough instead!  Particularly distressing is the additional sign regarding children!  Good grief, what kind of hazardous place is this?  Actually, it is a simple garden centre!

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