House on fire? Quick, jump on a donkey


Scotland's fire services have scrapped hundreds of leaflets after a mistake urged members of the public to jump on a donkey when fleeing a house fire.
The leaflet by the Scottish Executive for the eight fire and rescue services was aimed at Urdu readers.

The advice was that anyone leaving a burning building from a window should lower themselves on to cushions.

However, the authors got the Urdu word for cushion mixed up with another very similar Urdu word for donkey.

A spokesman for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service said it was grateful that the misspelling had been brought to its attention.

The spokesman said it was clear within the context of the sentence that it was a mistake.

The leaflet has now been withdrawn and will be reprinted.


Is that much of a problem in Scotland? If your house is burning and you can't walk/run outside do you really need a leaflet to tell you to jump out onto cushions?

How much money was wasted on this? I wonder if they sacked the interpreter.



Book Reviewer
Well if your gonna die, you should get it where you can....
Silly question but do they also produce a leaflet with picture for dyslexic citizens, a leaflet in Braille for blind citizens.... and what about the poor donkeys? Whose going to rescue the wee little donkeys?
Tee hee,

Love it!


War Hero
Whoever wrote that leaflet was a silly ass.

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