Safe Kids Kansas

Preventing Accidental Injury.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2012

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 U.S. 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 2011, 77 Kansas children ages 0-14 were injured by fireworks, with five-year-olds sustaining the largest number of injuries, 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 U.S. 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.

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