Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Unplug the Appliances Used in Your Bathroom

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Unplug the Appliances Used in Your Bathroom

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Dear Ann Landers: You have printed several columns about the importance of unplugging kitchen appliances when not in use. I am enclosing an article that appeared in the International Association of Electrical Inspectors News. It is gripping testimony for unplugging BATHROOM appliances as well.

Please print this article in your column so that parents may learn from it. My heart goes out to the mother of the children involved in this tragic accident. THOMAS W. SCHMID EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR INDEPENDENT ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS FLORIDA

Thank you for what could be lifesaving information for my millions of readers. Here's the article. Bless you for sending it on.

"A 4-year-old girl was electrocuted and her 3-year-old brother critically injured when one of them dropped a plugged-in hair dryer into the tub with them.

"The county sheriff's deputy said the children were in the tub when their mother left them for a moment, and one child apparently got out of the tub and returned with a hair dryer that was plugged in. The dryer was apparently then dropped into the tub.

"The mother returned to find the youngsters unconscious and the dryer floating beside them. The children were taken to the hospital, where the girl was pronounced dead. The boy was hospitalized in critical condition."

And now, dear readers, one more word from Ann: It takes only a second for a heart-breaking tragedy to occur. Please keep your electrical appliances unplugged and out of the reach of young children.

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Dear Ann Landers: My family was invited to a relative's house to go swimming and have dinner. When our relatives issued the invitation, they said they planned to eat at 6:30. I was reluctant to accept because our youngest child, a toddler, goes to bed quite early and I didn't think it would be wise to keep him up that late. We agreed to be there at 3 p. …

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