Wednesday, August 16, 2017

"In The Event Of A Nuclear Blast, Don't Condition Your Hair"

Via RedditIf, for some reason, you find yourself in a situation where you need to wash radioactive material from your body, don't reach for the bottle of hair conditioner. Conditioner can bind radioactive particles to your hair.

That warning was part of guidelines issued last Friday by Guam's Office of Civil Defense, following threats from North Korea that it was preparing to test a missile that would create an "enveloping fire" around the U.S. territory. On Tuesday, North Korean state media reported it would not carry out the test after all.

Still, the guidelines, which also include information on how to take cover before an explosion, are correct. They're the same guidelines posted on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's website, Ready.gov.

The reason conditioner can be dangerous has to do with the physical characteristics of human hair, the chemistry of hair conditioner and properties of nuclear fallout.

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4 comments:

AllenS said...

Sounds like I won't have to worry about my nose hair trimmer either.

edutcher said...

Of course not. You have Dr No do it for you.

Sixty Grit said...

Once it falls out due to radiation poisoning is it okay to condition it after you sweep it up?

Amartel said...

Oh, no, there's been a nuclear blast.
Time to wash my hair!
Dum de dum de dum. (Lathering.)
Gosh, I sure am glad the Office of Civil Defense sent out that warning about conditioner.
I certainly won't be making THAT mistake.