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by Abigail Van Buren

Broken-Record Protest Brings Same Response Over and Over

DEAR ABBY: This is in response to Kiki's mom, who gave her 2-year-old daughter the car keys, which the child promptly inserted into an electric socket.

The mother admonished herself for being "stupid" for having given her daughter the keys, but not for leaving the sockets exposed!

All electrical outlets should be covered with outlet protectors.

This was your chance to educate people as to the danger of leaving electrical outlets exposed. You blew it, Abby. -- ANN FOSS, EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN.

DEAR ANN: You're right. Parents of small children should visit their local hardware store to learn the options available for childproofing the electrical outlets in their home.