January 13, 2016

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Do you use a pen at work? Well, engineers at Underwriters Laboratories sometimes use shotguns! To test handheld appliances, they shoot, heat, drop and crush them.

Do you have an iron? Is there a hairdryer in you bathroom?

Do you have a toaster or a blender in you kitchen?

The tube in your living room looks secure – but is it really resistant? Is it safe to have a tube in a living room where children play? Those engineers know the answer. They test the safety of everyday products.


Answer the questions to learn more about the work at Underwriters Laboratories.
The answers are at the end of this post:

1. How do engineers test handheld appliances?
a) They take the products home and use them.
b) They shoot, heat, drop and crush them.
c) They use irons, hairdryers and toasters to test the other products.

2. Which option contains only handheld appliances?
a) Microphone, toaster, iron. You can hold these objects in one hand.
b) Blender, refrigerator and hair drier. You can hold these objects in one hand.
c) Tube, stove and radio. You can hold these objects in one hand.

3. What aspect of of the products do these engineers test?
a) The beauty and elegance. Products should be beautiful and very elegant.
b) The price. Products should be accessible to everybody.
c) The resistance and safety. Products should be resistant and safe to people.



ANSWERS:   1: b)    2: a)    3: c)


- http://images.wisegeek.com/hammer-smashing-hard-drive.jpg
- http://timemanagementninja.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Crush-Your-Procrastination.jpg
- http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2015/07/29/sports/cellphone-callout/cellphone-callout-superJumbo.jpg

HANDHELD APPLIANCES: https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS1a2IEKx9yXJjjJ2lebgZLvFskXKJqOZjouIl5oPcEiR-ZyVUg
SHOOT: http://zululandobserver.co.za/wp-content/uploads/sites/56/2014/09/gun-shooting.jpg
HEAT: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/migration_catalog/article28916669.ece/ALTERNATES/h342/UK%20News%206-1.jpg
DROP: https://www.myscorecard.com/images/ruleoftheweek/drop1.jpg
CRUSH: http://www.cute-calendar.com/images/en/teaser/crush-a-can-day.jpg
IRON: http://www.crowdstorm.co.uk/images/fckImages/OCS%20guide%20images/iron.jpg
HAIR DRYER: http://c3.q-assets.com/images/products/p/acn/acn-164_1z.jpg
TOASTER: http://kitchen-electronics.weebly.com/uploads/2/7/1/1/27118291/6608936_orig.jpg
BLENDER: http://brain-images.cdn.dixons.com/4/0/08616504/l_08616504.jpg
TUBE or TV: http://tvsatelite.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/plasma.jpg
SAFETY: http://www.allsafetymatters.co.uk/media/1009/new_7904588_safety.jpg

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