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Many of you have jobs. Many of you have families. Ignore them. (DNC: Laughter)
Let me tell you something. Kids love it when their parents aren’t home. They love it. And let me tell you something else, an 8-year-old kid knows how to use a microwave oven. (DNC: Laughter)
And let me tell you something else. An 8-year old kid can teach a 4-year-old kid to use the microwave oven. It’s just scientific fact. (DNC: Laughter)
Don’t worry about your kids they’ll be fine you have work to do. Get on those phones, knock on those doors. And tell them Al Franken sent you.
“A child needs love and nurturing 24 hours a day, every minute of their childhood life. Never leave a child unsupervised. Accidents and dangers await a child in every corner. Why take a chance? Never leave a child home alone!” — The Watchful Mom
Senator Franken, below is some information about kids and microwave scalds. And for more disturbing, heartbreaking stories about children being left home alone just search on Google: child left home alone dies, or Google child left with sibling dies, or google child left with teen babysitter dies. The stories are horrific! Children should never be left unsupervised!
Where and when do most burns occur?
- According to the website Dr. JJ, an estimated 9 – 20% of cooking-related burn injuries occur to young children while pulling hot food/liquids from microwave ovens. A prospective study found that 90% of 2-year-olds can turn-on microwaves, open the door, and remove hot contents. An overwhelming 84% majority of scald burns occur in the home, compared to 73% for other types of burns. And, in children under 5 years of age, the in-home injury rate increases to 95%.
- According to National Fire Protection Association, One in five of microwave scalds were incurred by children under five years old.