VIA| Everyone has at least 1 or 2 pens in their pocket, just in case. But have you noticed that almost every pen has a hole on its cap? Have you ever wondered the reason why?
The answer is quite simple!
BIC company (The leader in production of pens, lighters, shavers, sailboards, etc.) has invented this ideal solution since 1991.
As we all know, while we had our exams in school or college, when we couldn’t find any solution to solve some math problem, we were constantly biting the pen. Remember that little kids are also doing this, and they often swallow different things.
Do you know how many kids and adults are swallowing pen caps in a year?
The heads of BIC thought about that and they’ve added a hole on the caps of the famous Cristal Pen. Nobody had noticed this, until statistics showed that more than 100 lives of kids and slightly less adults have been saved per year.
Namely, if you swallow the cap, it could easily find itself in the trachea and it could block the respiratory system. The hole at the top of the cap allows a flow of necessary amount of oxygen to survive, until the medics arrive.
This decision of BIC Corporation has been supported almost by all leading pen trademarks, and the British Standards Institute added this correction in its recommendations for production of pens.
By the way, have you noticed that lollipops also have holes on their sticks? The reason is the same, to save human lives.