HELOISE Removing batteries could be shocking

Dear Readers: Greetings! We recently printed an item about recycling batteries found in disposable cameras and have gotten some comments from readers. Here's what they had to say:
Christina, via e-mail, says: "You warned readers that they might expose their film. I work in a one-hour photo place and have taken hundreds of batteries and rolls of film out of these cameras. I feel safe telling readers that as long as you have finished and rewound the entire roll of film, you will probably not damage the film by removing the battery. However, there are warning labels on these cameras advising against doing this because of the risk of shock. The batteries are a valuable bonus, but I suggest asking your photo processors for your batteries when you take your cameras in. They probably won't mind and might even have some on hand already!"
Thomas Wermuth, via e-mail, says: "I just want to comment on the removal of the batteries found in a disposable camera. I, too, remove the batteries from my camera. Having a small child, they come in handy. But I must tell your readers to be careful removing them. Do not use anything metal to do this. I used a screwdriver to remove the battery one time, and the camera flew out of my hands, my fingertips got burned, and the dog went running."
Elly in Arizona says: "When we change the batteries in our smoke alarm, I put them in a box or bag marked "used" and keep them for the grandkids' toys. They also have lots of life left in them."
Ted Larson, via e-mail, says, "Hello -- slight correction. 'Disposable' camera is incorrect terminology. They are 'recyclable' cameras."
So, there is a Heloise update! And, Ted, you are right -- they are not "disposable." Also, we called a couple of manufacturers, and they prefer the term "one-time use" cameras. Heloise
Dear Heloise: When you have a scheduled doctor's appointment, is it a good idea to carry a list of your concerns? I have been ridiculed for doing this. Jane, via e-mail
Well, don't let anyone bug you! Jane, taking a list of concerns and questions is a good idea. This way, you won't forget to mention them to the doctor, plus they are in writing and can be answered in a more efficient manner. It's also a good idea to take along a written list of your medications. One of my assistants said that the last time she went to her doctor, her mind just went blank, and she couldn't remember the name of her medication. Heloise
Dear Heloise: In regard to your recent hint on assembling furniture: My husband tried to assemble a computer desk at Christmastime. He drilled four of the long screws through the top of the writing surface. I had to call the 800 number and order another top for us. The customer-service lady laughed and said that happens all the time. A reader in Dallas
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