Electrical Safety Month
May is National Electrical Safety Month. Electrical fires in homes claim the lives of 485 Americans each year and injure 2,305 more. Some of these fires are caused by electrical system failures and appliance defects, but many more are caused by the misuse and poor maintenance of electrical appliances, incorrectly installing wiring, and overloaded circuits and extension cords.
The following are safety precautions that should be abided by to protect yourself and your family from hazardous fires:
- Routinely check your electrical appliances and wiring.
- Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old, or damaged appliance cords immediately.
- Use electrical extension cords wisely and don’t overload them.
- Keep electrical appliances away from wet floors and counters; pay special attention to appliances in the kitchen and bathroom.
- When buying electrical appliances look for products which meet Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) standard for safety.
- Don’t allow children to play with or around electrical appliances such as space heaters, irons, and hair dryers.
- Keep clothes curtains, and other potentially combustible items at least three feet from all heaters.
- If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
- Never overload extension cords or wall sockets.
- Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.
- Use safety closures to "child-proof" electrical outlets.
- Check your electrical tools regularly for signs of wear. If the cords are frayed or cracked, replace them.
- Replace any tool if it causes even small electrical shocks, overheats, shorts out or gives off smoke or sparks.
Having a working smoke detector in every room of your house drastically increases your chances of surviving a house fire. It is also very important to talk with your family about escape routes and what to do if there was a fire in your home. All of these procautions save lives and would be very wise to abide by them. Protect yourself and your family from the dangers of the misuse of electrical appliances.
Overview of Weeping Water High School’s performance of Grease
Last Thursday and Friday night over 50 high school and junior high students from Weeping Water School joined together to give a wonderful production of the classic Grease. For many years students have begged Weeping Water director, Kim Hammer, for the chance to do the well known musical. Every year the same answer was given-“Grease is not appropriate for a high school performance.” Naturally, students were estatic when they found out last fall that Ms. Hammer had found a script for a cleaned up, high school version of the classic and they would be performing it the following spring.
After all of the long, tiring practices, opening night had finally come. Backstage everyone was a bundle of nerves, but once the curtain opened all the nerves went away and the stuedents performed wonderfully what they had practiced for so long. The musical included many well known songs-Summer Nights, Greased Lightn’, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Alone at the Drive-In, We Go Together, Beauty School Dropout, Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee, and There are Worse Things I Could Do. Freddy My Love, a song that is not in the movie, was also performed.
The number of audience members at this year’s musical was tremendously bigger than previous years which thrilled many. The performances were a success and everyone had positive things to say about the musical the high school and junior high worked so hard to put on.
The cast of the 2007 musical Grease.
“Pink Ladies” L to R: Hannah Moser, Samantha Wessels, Rachel Randall, and Allison Baier.
“T-Birds” L to R: Alex Vice, Mark Moser, Justin Wiles, Tanner Wiles, and Steven Falcone.
“Danny” Steven Falcone and “Sandy” Brianna Hammer.
National Teacher Appriciation Week
National teacher appriciation week is May 7th through May 11th. The Weeping Water PTO is asking everyone to take a few minutes to write a special note to a teacher that has touched or made a difference in yours or your child’s life. Writing this note is a simple thing that can mean the world to one of the wonderful teachers in our area.
- Wednesday, May 2
- Weeping Water School Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
- Thursday, May 3
- High School golf meet @ Tecumseh @ 9:00 am
- Friday, May 4
- High School track meet @ Tecumseh @ 9:00 am
- Saturday, May 5
- Junior High ECNC track meet @ Malcolm @ 9:00 am
- Living Sacrifice concert @ First Christian Church in Weeping Water @ 7:00 pm
- Sunday, May 6
- Boy’s Junior Legion baseball game @ Nehawka @ 3:00 pm
- Boy’s Senior Legion baseball game @ Nehwka @ 5:00 pm
- Tuesday, May 8
- High School golf meet @ Lincoln Christian @ 9:00 am
- Weeping Water junior high/high school honors night @ 7:00 pm