6-12 VIII. Safety:
6. Use the Stepladder
A: What are you doing?
B: I'm going to change the light bulb. It burnt out.
A: What are you standing on?
B: A couple of dictionaries and some textbooks.
A: Are you crazy?
B: What's the matter?
A: Those books will slip and you'll fall.
B: It's only a couple of feet.
A: What if you fall while you're holding the light bulb, and it breaks and pieces go into your eyes?
B: I never thought about that.
A: You'd be blind for the rest of your life!
B: I'll get the stepladder.
7. A Puddle on the Floor
A: Did you see that puddle of water on the floor?
B: Yes. I called for a clean-up.
A: A puddle of water is very dangerous.
B: It isn't easy to see.
A: But it's real easy to slip on.
B: Especially on these slick floors.
A: Someone who slips could hurt their back.
B: They could even crack their head open.
A: We should stand here till the clean-up person gets here.
B: We can leave if we put an orange cone here.
A: Yes, but I don't know where the orange cones are.
B: It doesn't matter. Here he comes now with the mop.
8. The Fire Alarm
A: What happens when the fire alarm rings?
B: We tell our students to leave the classroom.
A: Can they take their belongings?
B: Yes, if they do it quickly.
A: Where do the students go?
B: They go out to the north parking lot.
A: What do the teachers do?
B: We take our rosters to the parking lot and take roll.
A: Why do you do that?
B: We want to make sure all the students are out of the building.
A: If they are all outside, then what?
B: Then we just wait outside for a fireman to tell us to go back in.
9. Double-Check Everything
A: I have to go back upstairs.
B: Why? We're already late.
A: I have to check the stove.
B: What's the matter?
A: Maybe I left the burner on.
B: No, you didn't. I checked the stove before we left.
A: Are you sure?
B: Of course I'm sure.
A: Well, I have to go back upstairs anyway.
B: It's getting later every minute.
A: I think I left the water running.
B: No, you didn't. Let's go! The only thing running is the clock!
10. Guns for All
A: The city is buying guns.
B: What are they paying?
A: Up to $200 for each gun, no questions asked.
B: Why are they doing this?
A: They want to get guns off the street.
B: Who would turn in a gun for $200?
A: That isn't a good deal?
B: A good gun costs $400 or more.
A: Well, if you bring your receipt, maybe they'll give you $400.
B: I'll keep my receipt and my gun.
A: I didn't know you had a gun.
B: Everyone in America should have a gun.
11. Crime Reduction
A: You're yawning.
B: I sure am.
A: You should go to bed.
B: I will as soon as I finish this article.
A: What are you reading?
B: It's about crime in Los Angeles.
A: What does it say?
B: The mayor says the crime rate is going down.
A: Then why does everyone lock their doors?
B: I guess they haven't read this article.
A: No one believes that the crime rate is going down.
B: Maybe the mayor is just talking about his own neighborhood.
12. Two Different States
A: People who live in California are crazy.
B: Why is that?
A: Because of all the earthquakes and fires.
B: But big earthquakes happen only once in a while.
A: Once in a while is once too many.
B: But you're right. There are a lot of fires.
A: A recent fire destroyed 85 homes.
B: Still, it's safer than Florida.
A: Florida doesn't have earthquakes or fires.
B: No, Florida just has hurricanes every year from June to October.
A: But most of those hurricanes are harmless.
B: Excuse me. Hurricane Andrew destroyed 30,000 homes!