(July 3, 2019) – This week, as we observe Independence Day, I hope you are able to take time and celebrate this important occasion and the principles on which our great country was founded almost 250 years ago.
We know that as we approach the holiday, Kansas hospitals are emphasizing safety by reminding their communities to avoid the most common reasons people travel to the hospital during holiday celebrations.
The Kansas Hospital Association would like to join our members, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Office of the State Fire Marshal and Safe Kids Kansas, in reminding Kansans of the importance of fireworks safety this Independence Day. If not handled properly, fireworks can be dangerous to children, adults, pets and property.
Data collected through reporting by Kansas hospitals and administered by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, shows that out of 207 reported fireworks-related injuries in Kansas in 2018, males between the ages of 9 and 34 were the most commonly injured demographic, according to the 2018 Kansas Fireworks Injury Survey. Nearly half of the injuries involved children under the age of 18. Hands, eyes, face and head injuries were among those reported.
An infographic highlighting this data can be found on the KHA website. For more information on fireworks safety, visit FireMarshal.ks.gov/fireworkssafety or SafeKidsKansas.org.
All of us at the Kansas Hospital Association wish you a safe and happy Independence Day!