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Safe Kids Kansas is a 501c(3) charitable organization and is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children. The designated lead agency for Safe Kids Kansas is the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

 

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Photo Credit: crack fizz BOOM! By Stephanie Sicore

CRACK! FIZZ! BOOM!

It is no surprise that many families enjoy the sparkles and booms of fireworks.  But it is important to recognize that fireworks are explosive and can be dangerous. About 46 percent of people injured by fireworks in Kansas are children ages 16 and younger.  Children ages 5-14 have the highest injury rate, according to the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Even when handled correctly, fireworks can sometimes be defective or simply unpredictable. Even sparklers, which are typically viewed by parents as relatively harmless fireworks for children, cause serious burn injuries, accounting for one-third of the fireworks injuries to children under five in the U.S.

Fireworks safety tips:

  • Closely supervise children around fireworks at all times.
  • Transport fireworks in the trunk of your vehicle. If your vehicle does not have a trunk, ensure fireworks are kept out of direct sunlight.
  • Read and follow the directions on the packaging.
  • Never modify fireworks or use homemade or illegal fireworks.
  • Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. Let young children use glow sticks instead. They can be just as fun but they don’t burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass.
  • If a child is injured by fireworks, call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • The best protection is to attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to professionals.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

 

Child Car Seats


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Looking for a car seat inspection or distribution program in Kansas?  Visit www.kansascarseatcheck.org for a list of resources near you.

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Product Safety Recalls

Your Online Resources for Recalls

To check for product safety recalls please visit www.recalls.gov your online resource for recalls.


What Can You Do?


What’s Going On?

  • Safe Kids Kansas Strategic Plan 2012-2014: The three-year strategic plan for Safe Kids Kansas was developed during retreats held in 2008 for the full coalition membership, local affiliates and board/staff.  It highlights eleven goals set for Safe Kids Kansas and discusses unintentional childhood injury risk areas. 
  • 2012 State Needs Assessment
  • Annual Report: A summary of activities and programs
    - 2014