Originally created 06/29/02

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BACK IN TIME

JUNE 29, 1984

The National Science Center for Communications and Electronics rapidly is turning from dream to reality, the director of the center said Thursday.

Melvin B. Zisfein, speaking at the first quarterly meeting of the Augusta Ambassadors, said construction of the center is expected to begin in late 1986 and should be completed about two years later.

The facility, to be located at Fort Gordon, is envisioned as a national center for professionals and the general public to learn about science and high technology, and their importance both to the economy and national defense.

SAFETY TIPS FOR POOLS

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a swimming pool in the yard can be very dangerous to children. The academy recommends not putting a pool in your yard until your children are older than 5. However, if you already have a pool, here are some tips for protecting your children from drowning:

  • Never leave your children alone in or near the pool, even for a moment.
  • You must put up a fence to separate your house from the pool. Most young children who drown in pools wander out of the house and fall into the pool. Use gates that self-close and self-latch, with latches higher than your children's reach.
  • A power safety cover that meets the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials adds to the protection of your children, but it should not be used in place of a fence.
  • Keep rescue equipment (such as a shepherd's crook or a life preserver) and a telephone by the pool.
  • Do not let your child use air-filled "swimming aids." They are not a substitute for approved life vests, and they can be dangerous.
  • Anyone watching your children around a pool should learn CPR and be able to rescue a child if needed. Stay within an arm's length of your child.
  • Remove all toys from the pool after use so that children aren't tempted to reach for them.
  • After the children finish swimming, secure the pool so they cannot get back into it.
  • Remember that teaching your child to swim does not mean your child is safe in water.
  • Source: American Academy of Pediatrics. TIPP, The Injury Prevention Program.

    CHOOSING A BUILDER

  • Check with your chamber of commerce, the Internet, the newspaper and with real estate agents to obtain a list of builders.
  • Visit recently built homes and subdivisions by the builders on your list. Get the names of homeowners and try to obtain a random sample of opinions about the builder's workmanship, professionalism and timeliness.
  • Attend open houses and home shows to examine the quality and value of the construction and design.
  • Ask about warranties and service after the sale.
  • Contact your Better Business Bureau for additional assistance.
  • KEEPING YOUR PET FIT

  • Don't feed your pet table scraps.
  • Exercise your pet every day either by playing or walking.
  • Measure pet food - don't give more than the package recommends.
  • Cut back on treats.
  • Don't put pets on a crash diet - they need to eat, especially in the winter.
  • See a veterinarian to find a proper weight and diet for your pet.
  • HOW TO PREVENT POISONING

  • Always supervise children closely in areas where poisons are commonly stored, such as kitchens, bathrooms and garages.
  • Keep all medication and household products locked away.
  • Install special clamps to keep children from opening cabinets.
  • Consider all household or drugstore products potentially harmful.
  • *Use childproof safety caps on containers of medication and other dangerous products.
  • Never call medicine "candy" to get a child to take it.
  • Read the label.
  • Keep products in their original containers with labels in place.
  • Use poison symbols to identify dangerous substances.
  • Dispose of outdated products as recommended.
  • Use chemicals only in well-ventilated areas.
  • The number for poison control is (800) 222-1222.