Clarence Case, works in the take care of basic baby-sit-
Jo Ann Case, Ashley High Mechanical department, gets uations. The baby, Cynthia
School student whose father, in some practice on how to Diana Carpenter, is Jo Ann’s
Safety And Security In A Good Baby Sitter
Did you ever ask yourself whether your baby
sitter is properly trained, or is otherwise quali
fied for the responsibility you give her—the care
of your child?
When it comes to hiring domestic help, for
example, you want to know about a person’s
experience, character and habits. So, you in
vestigate. You are likewise cautious when you
hire a painter, plumber or a TV repairman.
You’re concerned about such things as de
pendability and “ability to deliver the goods”.
But how about a baby sitter? Experience, re
liability, good character, efficiency—all count.
And you are reasonably sure she is able to
handle emergencies that may range from an at
tempted burglary or electric power failure, to
baby’s sudden illness?
Ernest G. Osborne, Ph.D., chairman of the
National Baby Care Council and professor of
education at Columbia University Teachers Col
“The well-intentioned but untrained baby sitter
is a threat to the baby she attends.” That in
cludes the girl next door or the youngster down
the street or even your own older boy or girl.
Dr. Osborne proposes; Before you place your
baby in the care of a baby sitter, rate your sitter
by this suggested checklist:
A Liking for Children; If the sitter doesn’t
like children, she’s apt to neglect the comfort
and welfare of your baby. Watch her reaction
when you first introduce her to the baby.
Experience and Reliability: She’ll need both
these qualifications to care for the baby and
capably handle any emergencies that may arise.
Maiurily; Is she old enough to be trusted with
your child, capable of staying awake and alert
when her hours on duty run late?
Hearing and Seeing: You’re risking danger if
the sitter has difficulty with hearing and seeing.
If hard of hearing, for example, she may not be
able to catch your baby’s cry above the racket
of the TV.
Inviting Others: Does she ask others along—
her teen-age friends? Having company while she
is on the job will divert attention from her re
Use of Telephone: The sitter may have no
trouble calling her girl friends, but does she
know how to contact your local police or fire
department, if necessary?
Lifting and Holding Baby: Baby’s back and
neck need proper support. A firm grip is neces
sary for security and safety, since most babies
have instinctive fear of falling.
Feeding Baby: This is essential. The sitter
should know how to prepare formula or other
food, how to test for proper temperature, how
to hold baby for feeding, how to “burp” him.
Bathing and Diapering; Occasionally the sitter
will need to bathe baby, so she should be able
to prepare bath and know how to place baby
and handle him. A good diapering job is another
“must”. It takes patience, care, good technique.
HOW DOES your sitter rate by the foregoing
standards? She will, of course, rate high if she
is a graduate of a baby-sitter training course.
The National Baby Care Council promotes a
course nation-wide, designed to teach skill and
The course is available to schools, parent-
teacher associations and community service
groups without cost, through community diaper
services cooperating with NBCC.
Here is a checklist which you can fill
out and leave with your baby sitter. The
list is based on information included in
the Baby Sitter Training Course spon
sored throughout the country by the
National Baby Care Council.
Where have the parents gone?
When will they return?
How can they be reached?
Family physician's telephone;
Fire Department telephone:.
Telephone number of a trusted neighbor
who will be home all evening:
ON NEW CARS
It’s Easy To Exchange Tires
Again this year, the com
pany is making it possible
for employees buying new
cars to change whatever tires
might be on the vehicles, and
have them outfitted with
new Firestone D e L u x e
Champion tubeless tires.
And all this at a special
Comp'tHive tires with less
than 100 miles wear may be
changed to Firestone tires for
$1 per tire, plus any balancing
charges or sales taxes that may
Forms have been prepared for
those people interested in this
program, to fill out and take to
the Firestone stores where the
changeovers are to be made.
Gastonia factory and office
employees may get the forms
and approvals in the Industrial
Relations office. There, too, will
be additional information, such
as listings of stores most con
venient to the employee con
The new changeover policy
niece, and daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Bobby Dean Car
penter of Bessemer City.
applies to DeLuxe Champion
tubeless tires, but if employees
wish to change to higher-priced
tires—such as Premium Quality,
500, or Butylaire tires—they may
work out their own arrange
ments at the store with which
To avoid inconvenience of
having the tires changed over
after the purchase of a car is
made, the employee can specify
Firestone tires when ordering.
But if not possible to get de
livery of cars equipped with
Firestone tires, this changeover
program makes it convenient for
employees to enjoy the advan
tages of quality Firestone tires
on their new vehicles.
Firestone first-aid nurse
Mrs. A. T. Newton (RN) has
begun her second two-year
term as president of the
North Carolina Industrial
Nurses Association. The
third-shift nurse here was re
elected at the NCAIN quar
terly meeting at Weeks Di
vision of Hanes Hosiery
Company, Winston-Salem, in
Other registered nurses chosen
NCAIN leaders at the Novem
ber meeting: First vice presi
dent — Mrs. Doris Criscoe of
Hannah Pickett Co, Rocking
ham; second vice president —
Mrs. Vella Williams 9f Cham
pion Paper and Fibre Co., Can
ton; corresponding secretary —
Mrs. Edith Goforth of Clinch-
field Manufacturing Co., Marion;
recording secretary — Mrs. Lois
Cain of Federal Reserve Bank,
Charlotte; treasurer — Mrs.
Geraldine O’Neal of Klopman
Christmas No Time
To Play With Fire
More than 1,000 American
homes last year had their holi
day spoiled by fires starting in
Christmas trees and decorations.
Average loss to each family in
volved: $979. The year before,
93 persons died from fire dur
ing the four-day Christmas holi
Grim facts for the happy sea
son, but a record that shows
that Christmas is no time to be
heedless of fire dangers. Rather,
it is a time when precautions
should be doubled. Many of our
traditional Christmas customs—
trees, colorful lights and decora
tions, Yule logs—add greatly to
Often a combination of active
children and preoccupied par
ents brings the one moment of
carelessness that invites fire.
The National Fire Protection
Association suggests these pre
cautions for a fire-safe Christ
Trees Pick a fresh-cut tree,
one with needles which don’t
shed freely. Stand it in water
until it is brought into the house,
keep in water as long as it’s in
side. Support well, never locate
it where it might cut off escape
in case of fire. Take it out of the
The Firestone company was
cited as a major factor in the
perpetuation of Gaston Tech
nical Institute, in an article of
the November “News—Tech
nical Information for Industry”,
published by N. C. State College.
The article on Gaston Tech
nical Institute commended Fire
stone for its gift of the present
buildings of the school four
GTI, a branch of the engineer
ing school of State College at
Raleigh, operates its program for
engineering technicians for
North Carolina industry. Said
the article, in part:
“GTI cannot rightfully be con
sidered a local institution, since
it presently has students from
47 of North Carolina’s 100 coun
Business And Industry Helped
“It is often said that people,
business, industry and educa
tional institutions 'go where
they are wanted and stay where
they are appreciated’. This is
true of Gaston Tech. Gaston
county business and industrial
leaders wanted it to locate there,
and donated funds towards pur
chase of a suitable location.
Gaston county business and in
dustry have shown a continued
appreciation for Gaston Tech,
by making additional donations.
"As an example of their con
tinued appreciation. Firestone
made a gift of three large brick
buildings to Gaston Tech in
GTI offers a two-year curri
culum in four fields of tech
nology: Civil, electrical, elec
tronics, and mechanical-produc-
tion. All first-year students take
the same subjects, engineering,
drawing, English, algebra, phy
sics 1 and 2, trigonometry, and
All second-year students spe
cialize in one of the four major
areas of the curriculum. Com
pletion of the two-year program
leads to an associate degree in
a given field, presented through
the School of Engineering at
N. C. State College.
house as soon as possible after
Lights Check lighting sets
for frayed wires, loose connec
tions and broken sockets. Never
use candles on or near the tree.
Make sure tree lights are turned
off before retiring or leaving
house. For outdoor lighting, use
only weatherproof equipment
and cords. Keep power off
when setting up or adjusting
lights, to avoid shock hazard.
Decorations and Wrappings
Use only non-combustible or
“flame-proofed” decoration ma
terials. Dispose of gift wrappings
promptly, and not by burning.
Watch your smoking around
the Yule tree. A lighted cigarette
or match can ignite it. And most
important, plan in advance what
you must do for the life safety
of your family — in case fire
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