Ballpoint Pens – A Hazard That Can Be Avoided

Ballpoint pens are something extreme common and nothing that is considered dangerous. But sometimes, they can be. Losing a life is terrible but losing one due to a freak, preventable accident is even more so.

1 – Protecting Kids Is Important:

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Kids do not know about their own safety and hence need to be protected from all sorts of hazards. This is why prams, cribs etc. all have safety measures.

2 – Not All Safety Measures Work:

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Even though different products meant for kids are tested, these tests are not always perfect. In other words, safety measures may not be foolproof.

3 – Bic Is A Huge Producer Of Pens:

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While Bic produces many other items, they are best known for their ballpoint pens. Everyone has used these plastic pens at some point in their lives.

4 – Even Their Mascot Is Inspired By Their Pens:

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The round headed mascot of Bic is inspired by the design of their ballpoint pens.

5 – Pens Are Mostly Used By Students, Who Tend To Get Bored easily

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Pens are mostly utilized by students in classrooms. And when these students are with their friends and goofing about, these pens can cause dangerous accidents.

6 – Playing With Pens:

Students goofing off in classroom --- Image by © Sean De Burca/Corbis
Students goofing off in classroom — Image by © Sean De Burca/Corbis

Students, when bored, may even throw pens towards each other. The action is innocent enough but the tip can really hurt someone.

7 – Chewing On A Pen:

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Everyone has, at one point or another, chewed on a ballpoint pen. You may be lost in thought, with the pen in your mouth. This may be dangerous as swallowing the pen lid and choking on it is quite a possibility.

8 – Change Made By Bic To Prevent Choking:

81They created pens with a hole in the lid. That way, even if someone does accidently swallow a lid, they will not choke as air can still pass through the lid.

9 – Affect Of This Change:

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This tiny change in design has ensured that the number of deaths by swallowing a pen lid have greatly reduced.

10 – This Is A Practical Change That Works Very Well:

Although making a hole in the lid does not entirely cease all ballpoint pen-related accidents, it is a practical and easy change in design that does reduce their number.