Remember back to when you were a little kid. You didn’t have a full grasp of how things worked in the real world, so adults took the task of giving you warnings. How many of you heard “Don’t touch that stove, it’s hot!” or “Don’t pick up that knife, it’s sharp!” or the ever-popular “Don’t run with scissors!”
Yeah, we all did. And then we grew up, only to find that apparently we still didn’t have a full grasp of how things worked in the real world.
Consider this sign:
Really? No smoking in bomb bay? What a novel idea. What could possibly go wrong?
I took this picture this past weekend in Dallas at the Frontiers of Flight museum at Dallas’ Love Field. The museum was hosting several World War II military aircraft that are flying the country on tour. The “no smoking” sign was posted inside of this particular aircraft:
For those who are interested in such things, this is the world’s only fully restored and flying consolidated B-24J Liberator bomber. It was built at the Consolidated Aircraft Company’s Fort Worth, Texas plant. Shortly afterward, the aircraft was delivered to the US Army Air Force and in October of 1944, it was transferred to the Royal Air Force. Under the British flag, the B-24 saw combat in the Pacific Theater in operations ranging from anti-shipping to bombing and re-supply of resistance force operations. Over 18,000 of these planes were built.
As for no smoking in the bomb bay, consider that when fully loaded this aircraft carried 8,000 pounds of bombs. Not to mention a whole lot of high octane aviation gasoline and ammunition.
So the no smoking sign carried a lot of weight. Just like this sign should:
Common sense should tell you not to smoke around a bomb bay – and common sense should also tell you not to dig until you know what’s underground. Yet, thousands of digs are done without gaining prior knowledge to what’s down there – resulting in cut telecommunications lines, power cables, gas lines and etc. Just one simple call to 811, and then your dig area will be marked and underground utilities located. It’s all for free, and takes just 48 hours; in some instances, less than that.
Just as your grandfather didn’t want to be in the vicinity of a 1,000 pound aerial bomb going off, you don’t want to be in the vicinity of striking and rupturing a natural gas line, either!
In other news – the 20th Annual Texas811 Golf Tournament is coming up on Friday, April 21st. Here’s the link: http://texas811.org/golf
And finally, a big thank you to everyone who reads this blog. PRNews named it an honorable mention in the 2017 non-profit blogging category.
Until next week, safe digging!
By Scott Finley