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Pacific Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - May 1, 1974, Tokyo, JapanWarning on Poisons How to Keep Children Safe WASHINGTON — In an effort to cut down onthe number of accidental deaths by poison, (3,700 a year, many of them children) the American Red Crosshas recommended safety measures to keep poisons stored safely and insure their proper use. These safety tips are offered to prevent children fromswallowing poisons: u«l^eep housen°ld products out of the reach and the sight ofchildren, preferably in a locked cabinet or closet. If you must leave the room while using one of these items, even for an instant,remove the container to a safe place. Store medicines separately from household articles, and al-ways keep these items in their original containers, never in cups or soft drink bottles. Do not take medicine from an unlabeled bottle. Be sure thatall products are properly marked, and read the label each time before using. Utilize safety packaging and "child-resistant" packages andcontainers. Avoid taking medicine in the presence of children, becausethey tend to imitate. In speaking of medicine to children, call them by their correctnames and do not refer to them as candies. Safeguard especially pills that are candied or colored, since children will eat them likecandy. Clean out your medicine cabinet periodically. Get rid of oldmedicines by flushing them down the toilet, rinsing the container in water, and then discarding it. Date all drugs when you buythem. Weed out the leftovers regularly, especially drugs your doctor prescribed for a particular illness.Do not eat or serve foods that look or smell abnormal. Forbid small children to eat or drink drugs, chemicals, plantsor berries they find outside of the home. Outdoors, protect eyes and skin when using insect poisons, weedkillers, solvents, and cleaning agents. Follow directions carefully Be sure to wash throughly after each use of these things, andremove contaminated clothing promptly. If products are spilled, be certain to clean up thoroughly. First aid treatment in cases of accidental poisoning by mouth,when the victim is conscious and the antidote is not given on the bottle, is to dilute or neutralizer the poison as quickly as possiblewith water or milk. Induce vomiting, except in cases where strong acids, strong alkalis or petroleum products have beenswallowed. Get the victim to the nearest hospital, or telephone your local poison control center. Take a Red Cross first aid course—to learn more about poisonprevention and what to do for various poisons. Cm Lay School MassacreStill Smolders in Viet By TAD BARTIMUSCAI LAY, South Vietnam (AP) — Before 2:55 p.m. onMarch 9, the lives of the 5,000 children of Cai Lay ElementarySchool revolved around their 47 classrooms, 70 teachers, text-books and idle hours of pranks and friendship. But on that hot Saturday after-noon in the Mekong Delta, a single explosion brought theVietnam War into their school- yard and killed 23 little boys. Itleft 86 others wounded, 11 of them maimed for life.Five weeks later the bodies have been buried, the woundsare healing and about half of the injured pupils have returned totheir desks. But the fear and horror hasn't gone away."I am afraid. I go to school still, but now I am afraid," saidNguyen Thi Thu Thao, a first grader with short dark curls andsoulful black eyes. "My friend, Be Mot, died. Weplayed together, but now he's gone to the cemetery. I don'tknow if he is coming back or not. I miss him," she said, wip-ing away sudden tears on her simple white school blouse."When I opened my eyes and saw my mother I cried 'mother,am I dying?'" remembered Pham Van Sun, a third graderwho constantly fiddled with his gauze-draped left hand. "When Iwas in the hospital people came to see me and gave me moneyand cookies and candies. "My wound hasn't healed so Ihaven't gone back to school, but I want to. My mother has toldme to stay home until the next term. I am still afraid," said the10-year-old in knee pants. Sun said people told him theViet Cong caused the big blast, but he said he didn't know what"Viet Cong" meant. He also didn't know the meaning of theword war. "I've walked to the school of-ten since it happened," said Nguyen Van Ba, the father ofNguyen Van Be Mot, 9. "I've been invited there to meet vis-iting dignitaries and delegations who come to tell us how sorrythey are, but many other times I've just gone there to look atthe place. To imagine my son still standing there in line wait-ing to go into class." "It was such an unjust death.If he had died of disease, I would have called it fate," saidthe father, a Buddhist. "Now I want to take revenge, but I amjust a common man without a piece of iron in my hand. I can-not change a thing." Nguyen Mai Chau's motherhas sat by a sparse family al- tar cradling a blurred photo-graph of her 11-year-old son ev- ery night since he died. Her hus-band, Nguyen Van Pham, says she holds Chau's black-and-white image in the candlelight and stares for hours as her tearssmear the ink of the hand-print- ed poetic tribute she pastedaround the cheap plastic frame. "I have six children, but thisboy was the best," said Pham, 43. "He used to sell bread in themorning and earned enough to buy breakfast for his brotherand sisters. "Now that he has died, his sis-ters no longer have breakfast and his brother has been takento Saigon to live with his grand- Absentees To Vofe in N.Y. Polls WASHINGTON (Special) - As a result of recent legislation, New York will allow voters to participate in primary elections by absentee ballot. Until the change, out-of-state New Yorkers could only vote in general elections. The change especially benefits Marines and their dependents who are out of the state as a re- sult of military orders. They will be able to exercise the new privilege during the state's Sept.10 primary. To vote in the coming prima-ry, eligible voters should com- plete the Federal Post Card Ap-plication (FPCA), Form 76 and forward it to: Division for Ser-vicemen's Voting, Office of the Secretary of State, 162 Washing-ton Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12225. The form and assistance are available from unit voting offi-cers. Sufficient time should be al- lowed to receive, complete andreturn the post card so that the absentee ballot can be returnedto counties' boards of elections at least one day before theprimary. Martha's Mouthpiece NEW YORK (UPI)—Attorney Melvin Belli says he expects to represent Martha Mitchell in a separate maintenance suit against her estranged husband,former Attorney General John Mitchell. •• ' •• ' •-'-•• '>'" •>'- -. --•' U.S., Filipino Scouts Whoop It Up l* nfki/ VrtAtdic? ixr«> i «•!* «k *»«.«.••».