Safe Kids Kansas

Preventing Accidental Injury.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Safe Kids Kansas Urges Parents to Practice Summer Fire Safety

Topeka, Kan. - The summer months are a time when families enjoy doing a variety of activities outdoors; however, it’s also when barbecue grills and fireworks cause devastating residential fires and serious injuries to children. According to the United States Fire Administration, each year almost 5,000 Americans are injured by charcoal/wood-burning and propane grill fires. Fireworks send 3,000 children under the age of 15 to emergency rooms each year in the U.S. And sparklers, which are typically viewed by parents as relatively harmless fireworks for children, cause serious burn injuries, accounting for one-third of the injuries to children under five.

In 2010, 79 Kansas children ages 0-14 were injured by fireworks, according to the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office. Unfortunately, many fireworks injuries are not even reported.

Statistics show the majority of grill fires on residential properties occur in the four months of May through August. In addition, on Independence Day, far more U.S. fires are reported than any day of the year, with fireworks accounting for more than 22,000 fires in 2008.

Safe Kids Kansas urges parents to practice these safety tips recommended by the United States Fire administration to reduce the risk of a residential fire or a trip to the emergency room and ensure this summer is a safe one for your family.

Grilling Safety

Fireworks Safety

Gasoline Safety

For more information about summer fire safety, call Safe Kids Kansas at 785-296-1223 or 785-296-0351, or visit www.safekids.org.

Safe Kids Kansas, Inc. is a nonprofit Coalition of over 70 statewide organizations and businesses dedicated to preventing accidental injuries to Kansas children ages 0-14. Local coalitions and chapters cover Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Butler, Clay, Coffey, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Ellis, Finney, Geary, Harvey, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Kiowa, Labette, Leavenworth, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Mitchell, Montgomery, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Shawnee, Smith, Sumner and Wilson counties, as well as the city of Emporia and the Metro Kansas City Area (Wyandotte county and several Missouri counties.) Safe Kids Kansas a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury. The lead agency for Safe Kids Kansas is the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Visit us at www.safekidskansas.org and on Facebook.