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Keeping Your Kids Safe

by on Jul.31, 2014, under Education, Family, Health, Kids, Nature, Parenting

Child mortality rates have plummeted in the last few decades as we've become more cognizant of the potential dangers, and technology has advanced and recognized that safety is just as important as function. The warnings from a previous era are no longer adequate. do_notIt's paramount that parents recognize the dangers in their homes and make sure their kids remain safe. To that end we present these child safety tips. teddy_defender Check the closet and under the bed to be sure that there are no monsters hiding there. kidonhook When mounting the child on a wall, make sure that you use hardware that is designed for the weight of the child. girl-upsidedown Furniture should be designed to be used around children. Fully extend your drawers to be sure that the furniture won't tip over on your kid. hangdrawers Decorative hardware and drawer pulls should not have any sharp edges or your child may be in danger of falling when he's hanging from the drawer. baby_wash When you're washing your baby, don't fill the tub all the way. Always use the gentle cycle. kids_washing Encourage the kids to help with the household chores to get the job done more quickly. tvhug Soft cuddly toys are preferable to large electronic devices for play time. hallofscience Some toys are dangerous if used improperly. Young children should always use them under the supervision of someone older, preferably not an older sibling. dartaccidentfm3 Encourage sibling relationships. When one child is playing, younger brothers or sisters should always be included. hoarder1 If you let your child eat in his room, make sure he properly disposes of the containers and leftovers. knife_electric Make sure that the electrical outlets in your house are child safe by testing conduction potential. childproof_outlet The "taste test" is the most accurate way to check for lethal current. powdergirl Keep your cocaine locked up in a childproof container. overhead-kid When traveling with your child, bring along a favorite toy, and make him feel as much at home as possible. kidsleeps Make sure that your child isn't past his recommended shelf life. toilet-reading Toilet training is important for both the child's and parents' well-being. Encourage them to use it regularly by letting them entertain themselves while in the bathroom. first_drunk Eventually they'll learn to use it like a grown-up. plunger_boy Teach them to flush often or the toilet might clog. plunger_boys2 Kids learn by doing, so let them try things out until they learn to do it properly. kidtrap Toys and games should be age and size appropriate. Don't let your kids play with something that's too big for them just because you have it on hand. hsflashers Your kids' friends will have a lot of influence on them, so get to know the people they hang out with. dickisgood Learn about what they like and dislike, and try not to be too judgmental. putana Breast feeding is recommended up to a certain age, but don't smear your breasts with poison until after the babies have been fed. child_stove Including the child in the cooking process can teach him about where food comes from, and to make healthy choices. nyquil-nap Keep sugary snacks hidden so your child doesn't eat too much at one time. brownie-sleep "Special" edible treats should only be eaten by children in moderation. spiderboy Well padded furniture will increase the chance of a soft landing. kids_swim When on vacation, be sure to arrange some activities for the kids' benefit. kids_karachi Follow our simple safety tips to keep your kids happy and healthy. kid_safe
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Starry Eyed

by on Feb.09, 2014, under Art, Health, Nature

The age of electricity brought a safe, clean and economical form of power right into our homes. reddy_kilowatt Reddy Kilowatt, Little Bill, and other industry spokesmen reassured us that we were in good hands. little_bill And it only cost pennies a day! But that safe clean power can leave a mark. Whether by contact, con_scar01 By lightning, ls03 By intentional infliction of pain shock_torture2 Or by wizardry. HP_Scar High voltage can leave interesting patterns. ls02One of the more interesting patterns happened when an electrician in California made contact with  a 14,000 volt line. He hit it with his shoulder, and the current passed through much of his body. After suffering from reduced vision for four weeks, he visited a doctor, who observed that the subject had cataracts. star_cataract1 While the star shaped lenses can be removed, as in any cataract operation, damage to the optic nerve will probably prevent a full recovery. star_cataract2 Dr Mark Fromer, an ophthalmologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said, "Nature has made a beautiful cataract… Most aren’t so pretty."
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Heat of the Moment

by on Apr.19, 2013, under Health, Technology

Northgate Vehicle Sales, in Darlington, County Durham, UK  was having a chain link fence erected. They hired a contractor to install the fence but failed to apply for plans showing the location of the underground utilities. tom_sharp Tom Sharp didn't know about the high voltage cables that ran underneath. So he was shocked when his jackhammer hit an 11,000 volt cable. tomsharp2 The burns he suffered were so severe that his clothes seared to his skin causing 20 per cent burns to his arms, face and neck. He spent more than a month in hospital receiving treatment for his wounds. tomsharp3 He is still receiving therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his experiences. Northgate Vehicle Sales admitted that it was up to them to get the plans showing the cables and they did not do so. "Staff did not believe there were cables in the area because the company has no need for high-voltage power and there is no sub-station nearby." said their attorney.

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Burning Love

by on Dec.01, 2011, under Culture, Family, Health

Love makes people do silly things. People have come up with all kinds of ways to impress someone and propose marriage. Some are more dignified than others. But if you've already proposed, and have been turned down, choose your next romantic gesture carefully.

A man in Quanzhou, China broke up with his girlfriend two days earlier and was determined to win her back. So he climbed an electric service pylon in sight of her workplace to proclaim his love.

Part way up the pole he received a substantial electric shock and was pitched into the muddy field below. When emergency services, summoned by witnesses, arrived, they found his clothes to be burnt off his skin, but he was still breathing.

He suffered severe burns, but is expected to survive. His ex-girlfriend, meanwhile, called the stunt "too extreme" and found the power to reject his proposal.

The man is viewing it as a "cooling off" period for now.

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The Importance of Learning Etiquette

by on Aug.21, 2011, under Education, Food, History, Kids, Parenting

The knife should be held in the left hand. If this were a lesson on safety, we would point out that the outlet isn't grounded.
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Dangerous Conduct

by on Jun.08, 2011, under Crime, Health, Technology

The world demand for copper has soared in the past few years. Even as technology permits us to do more with fewer resources, newly developing countries are fueling the competition. With prices the highest they've ever been, theft of copper is also increasingly popular among the free enterprise crowd. Popular sources of copper are building trim and gutters, air conditioners, and wire. Thieves have literally caused millions of dollars in damage by pulling up fiber optic communications cables that they thought were copper. There's lots of copper in easy reach for the enterprising thief.

James Sorby, from Leeds, West Yorkshire thought that stealing copper cable from a substation in an unoccupied building would be easy.

But before he could even touch the cable, a massive charge jumped a gap to his body and he suffered severe burns to his face and hands, a weakened heart, lost partial sight in his left eye and lost movement in one of his hands.

So far Sorby has had five operations and skin grafts. There's more ahead, including repairs to hole in his skull where the electricity exited, exposing his brain. He said that the most traumatic part of the ordeal was that his young daughter didn't recognize him because of his injuries.

He has now issued a warning to others thinking of stealing electrical wire. He said: "I have been through so much and am still going through it." "My message is "Don't do it". Before I did this, it was just an idea and there was no danger to it. Everyone thinks it's so easy and they have no idea how stupid they're being."
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The Power of Higher Education

by on Sep.06, 2010, under Education, Health

Every student isn't college bound, and trades are important so we send our smartest and best to shop class.

Strafford County, NH teacher Thomas Kelley has resigned following an incident where a student used a nipple clamp to shock himself and may have additional permanent brain damage.

The student, Kyle Dubois, and his parents are suing the school and teacher for failing to provide sufficient warning about the danger of passing electrical current through nipple clamps attached to your body.

Model displays proper safe use of nipple clamps and electricity

WBZ-TV reports:

"School superintendent John O'Connor said 18-year-old Kyle Dubois was working on circuitry when he was shocked Thursday morning. He is part of the electrical trade program at Dover High. Dubois, a junior and a standout hockey player, was handling alligator clips to build the circuits when at least 90 volts surged through his body.

He was knocked unconscious. "The student immediately passed out, went to the floor, our staff, the teacher, a student that was involved immediately started to perform CPR," said O'Connor.  Dubois was rushed to the hospital."

According to a suit filed in Strafford County Superior Court, Kelley encouraged Kyle to shock himself, even offering a Mountain Dew in exchange for doing so.  Kelley denied this, but refused further comment.

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June 16, 2010 Today’s Headlines

by on Jun.16, 2010, under Headlines

Teenage thief bursts into flames while trying to steal electric cable Nobody was shocked to hear it http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1284671/Teenage-thief-burst-flames-11-000-volt-electric-shock.html Bridal bouquet brings down plane Taliban report increase in weddings http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8149910.stm Polish burglar posts himself in and out of businesses Return postage guaranteed http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/821020-thief-posts-himself-into-buildings-robs-them-posts-himself-out-again 12 year old spends £900 playing Farmville http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/820728-farmville-user-hit-with-900-bill-playing-the-popular-facebook-game
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