The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on December 1, 1982 · Page 23
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 23

Baytown, Texas
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Wednesday, December 1, 1982
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6-C THE BAYTOWN SUN Wednesday, Decenjber 1, 19V2 4 Tis The Season JESSE HORTON, son of Lucetta Grammer of Baytown, demonstrates to fellow youngsters how a person should STOP immediately should they catch fire. JESSE immediately DROPS to the ground to keep flames from rising and causing more serious injuries to the youngster's face. By LOUISE SHAW The holiday season is a good time to review with children the basic fire safety behaviors that could save their lives in a fire emergency. STOP, DROP AND ROLL. If children learn nothing else about fire safety, teach them this. It is the most effective technique for extinguishing clothing and body fires — and it's easy to teach. A child's instinct, if clothing catches fire, will be either to run to an adult for instructions or make a -beeline for the bathroom with the idea of using the shower to put the fire out. Either tactic can be fatal. Teach kids to: STOP: Don't run and panic — it only fans the flames. DROP: Fire burns upwards — so if you lay down, the fire can spread less quickly and is less likely to affect the face. ROLL: — Roll from side to side until the fire is out. Young children don't need to To Review Fire Safety Rules Missing Leg Is No Handicap In Water know the reason why. Just drill with them frequently, in short sessions. Have them do the behavior, until anywhere, anytime you can say, "What do we do when our clothes are on fire?" and be rewarded by the sight of your younster performing the livesavlng gyrations. STAY LOW AND GO. This handy phrase describes the way <o escape from a burning, smoice- filled building. Teach the child when smoke is present to crawl to a prearranged place outside such as a tree or lamp post, and wait there until others escape. The rationale for staying low and gc:ng is that smoke and heat rise, so Liie best air remains near the floor. Older children — age 5 and above — can learn detailed techniques for home escape. In the event of a fire that strikes at night, the child should be taught to listen for the smoke detector's sounds, roll out of bed (without sitting up) to the floor and crawl to the door. Feel the door with the back of the hand — if it's hot, fire may be outside, so an escape through the window using escape ladders is necessary. If it's cool, open the door with care and crawl outside to the meeting place. Of course, this training process calls for escape ladders on second-story bedroom windows and smoke detectors. The key to fire safety training for children is to be aware that some emergencies strike so quickly that the child can't depend upon an adult for advice. Only his ability to deal with the situation quickly and independently will save his life. HOUSTON (AP) — Randy Widaman teaches scuba diving and says a missing leg poses no handicap for him in the water. In fact, he wonders why more handicapped people don't try it. "Losing my leg really didn't affect me like it does a lot of people,' 1 says Widaman, who lost his left leg to cancer. "I just got over it and started doing the things I wanted to do." But when Widaman's students learn their scuba diving instructor has only one leg, they start asking about shark attacks or diving accidents. "I know it kind of worries them because they ask if it was caused by a diving accident," he said in a recent interview with the Houston Chronicle. "When I tell them 'no' they seem very relieved." The blond, bearded Widaman said doctors discovered osteopathic sarcoma in his lower left leg when he was 14. Amputation was then considered the only alternative. One of those things was water skiing. He learned how to balance on one ski and soon became better than most people with two legs. "I used to ski all summer and I tried not show off because I knew people were watching me," said Widaman. "I didn't want them to think I was showing them up on purpose because I had only one leg." When he decided to learn how to scuba dive, Widaman recalls, his instructors had their doubts. "They didn't really know if I could handle it at first, "he said. ".I had been swimming and water skiing religiously for years so when they told me I had to swim six laps in the pool and swim underwater, I just did what they told me to do. When I came in first out of a class of 20, I gu iss they figured I \v uld do all right." There was even more resistance when he applied to earn his diving instructors certificate. The instructor, recalls Widaman, "literally jumped back" when he came into his office. "At first he was a little concerned," said Widaman. "He asked me if I had any limitations in the water and I told him no. I was able to qualify for a diving instructor's certificate." More handicapped people, he says, could do the same. Scuba diving and swimming, in general, says Widaman, can be therapeutic for amputees. "A lot of hanrticap- ped people are sitting back at home doing nothing because think they can't do anything," he says. "Really there isn't anything they can't do. I can even ride a bicycle." Widaman said he has taught one amputee to scuba dive. "He was missing a foot so we had to specially rig a swim fin so he could get through the water and he did just fine," said the instructor. "I'd like to let han- VA Reduces Loan-Guarantee Rates HOUSTON (Sp> The Veterans Administration reduced the basic loan- guarantee rate for single-family homes and condominiums by a full percentage point Oct. 13 to a 12.5 percent, said R. L. Cobb, VA Loan Guaranty Officer for Veterans Administration Regional Office. It was the fourth reduction since early last Aug. 8. Prior to that, the VA home- loan rate was 15.5 percent, Cobb noted. Other VA loan- guarantee rates also were reduced to: 13 percent for home improvement, inciuding energy loans; 14.5 percent for purchase, of mobile home units, 14 percent to buy both a mobile home and a lot, and 14 percent for loans to purchase a lot and the cost of necessary site preparation. The interest rate for veteran or non- veteran purchase or properties acquired by VA now is 12.5 percent. For a veteran buy- ing a home with a 30- year, average GI loan of $55,000, the rate decrease will lower monthly payments by $27 over the previous 13.5 percent rate and by $130 over the 15.5 percent rate in effect 2Vfe months ago. The change, however, doesn't affect existing GI loans, whose interest rate remains the same for the life of the agreement. But the loan may be refinanced. VA guarantees loans made by private lenders to eligible veterans, widowed spouses of veterans who died as a result of service- connected disabilites or spouses of service personnel officially listed as missing in action or prisoners of war for more than 90 days. The basic home- loan guarantee — ' now set at 12.5 percent — is for a maximum of $27,500, or 60 percent of the loan, whichever is the lesser amount. dicapped people know they can scuba dive." Widaman holds an engineering degree and worked in a research lab for General Dynamics in Fort Worth during the building of the F- 111 fighter bomber. After he was laid off, he earned his diving instructor's certificate and got into the retail diving equipment business and teaching in 1973. The toughest thing about being a one- legged diver, he said, is getting to the water, particularly when the diving spot is far off the beaten path. "My diving partners have to drag me up a lot of hills when we head to some diving spots," Widaman said with a laugh. But once in the water, he's got only one problem — swimming straight. "It is tough to swim in a straight line because I'm kicking with one leg," said Widaman, "but I've been able to work that out." GOOSE CREEK AUTO RENTALS I714N. NUfa 422.0S3S ' 12" Per Day Save your skin* could save your life. American Cancer Society THE THIRD STEP In the three-step life saving technique is to ROLL. Jesse rolls as hard and fast as he can to extinguish the flames. (Sun staff photoe by Carrie Pryor) THE GftfTlE PEDDLER TM SALE $22.88 REG. $29.4,5 ••• Jltc Oitfy Gowc IK Teuw! SALE! SALE! SALE! R4RKER SALE $14.88 REG. $1895 SALE $8.88 REG. $10.95 SALE $32.88 REG.S39.9"i SALE $42.88 REG. £48.75 SALE $3.88 REG. 54.49 •cr SALE $13.88 REG. $16.95 SALE $8.88 REG. $10.95 , V. SALE $5.88 REG. $9.99 SALE $6.88 REG.S7.98 SALE $39.88 REG. 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