Now that you can't tell the men from the women by hair length, this report from Family Safety magazine should be of interest to both sexes:
"The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that about 900 persons received hospital emergency room care for injuries associated with hair dryers and electric combs last year. More than half of the estimated injuries were for minor lacerations. Burns or shocks were among the more serious injuries. The most common hair dryer injury was laceration to the hand. Burns to the eye accounted for nearly half of all electric comb accidents.
So have a care. Don't disfigure yourself while you're trying to make yourself beautiful. LIVE AND LEARN
Whenever I mention Family Safety, at least one reader is sure to ask, "What is it? I've never heard of it."
Family Safety is published by the National Safety Council (444 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill., 60611), "a nongovernmental, nonprofit, public service organization." The magazine costs $2.50 a year (for four issues). If it saves you or someone in your family from one foolish accident, it could be the best $2.50 investment you ever made.
Here are some of the things I learned from the current issue of the magazine:
Among Americans aged 15 to 24, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death. Murder is in second place, suicide in third.
More than half of our traffic deaths involve only one vehicle.
The death rate from poisoning has more than doubled since 1957. In the 25-to-44 age group, it has tripled. In the 15-to-24 age group, it has grown ninefold. Ingestion of medicines and drugs accounts for the largest number of adult poisonings.
Falls kill more people aged 75 and over than in all other age groups combined.
The motor vehicle death rate is three times higher at night than during the day.
Each year, about 200 people drown in bathtubs.
For every worker killed in a job related accident, three are killed in off-the-job accidents.
Between 1960 and 1975, 425,000 Americans died in military actions that included such horrors as World War I, World War II, and the wars in Korea and Vietnam. In those same years, nearly five times as many people (2,100,00) died in traffic accidents.
In the time it takes you to read this column, somebody will die in an accident and almost 100 others will suffer disabling injuries. That's why I think every family can profit from occasional safety reminders from publications like Family Safety. HOW'S THAT AGAIN?
A correspondent whose signature I cannot decipher writes:
"I saw a classified ad for ornamental ironworkers in the paper recently. I've known a few ironworkers in my day, but none of them was very ornamental." AMEN!
What this country needs, suggests Donna Honeycutt, is a noiseless vacuum cleaner. She's so right. 'TWAS EVER THUS
Robinson Newcomb has received a newsletter from the Hampshire County (W. Va.) ASCS Office which includes this observation:
"There's nothing wrong with the younger generation the older generation didn't outgrow." VAGRANT THOUGHT
Do you suppose the NBA playoffs will end in time for the start of the new basketball season? AH, SO!
The irrepressible Bob Orben reports: "Last Saturday night I splurged and ordered $5 worth of gas - a pizza and a six-pack."