Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Heat...Serious Danger!

Heat...Serious Danger! The current days and days and days of over 100 degree temperatures is seriously dangerous for everyone. It can kill older people and children in extremely short periods of time. There have been two children found dead in vehicles in the past couple weeks in Oklahoma. Older people will not turn on their air conditioning units for fear of not being able to pay the electric bill and end up dead! The entire western half of Oklahoma is under a burn ban issued by the Governor! Anyone starting a fire accidentally or otherwise faces jail time and fines. All news media continues to warn of the dangers of heat...people need to pay attention!
My daughter, the Special Education Teacher, came out of the school a few days ago and sent me this photo of the temperature showing on her car thermometer. 123 degrees and she said when she first got in it was 127, but went down before she remembered to take a photo for me. She has worked every day for the past week at the school working on scheduling for the upcoming school year. The school did not have the air conditioning on, so it was very hot.

For those who think teachers get the entire summer off, think again! Teachers DO NOT get the entire summer off....they have to attend workshops, continuing education requirements, prepare for the next school year, and many other things during the summer. Also, teachers DO NOT just work from 8am to 4pm! They spend hours and hours preparing lesson plans, grading papers, attending after school meetings, and so many things I would be here all day listing them. It just ticks me off when people say that teachers have easy jobs....OMG OMG....those dip sticks should be tied in a classroom for a day to observe how hard it is to be a teacher. Don't even get me started on how little the  classroom teacher gets paid! OH OH OH I guess HEAT IS SERIOUS DANGER for making people's tempers flare too!

What do you do to keep cool in the heat? Leave a comment and share with the rest of us.

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