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Jun 29

Safety Tips from the State Fire Marshal

Posted to From the Reference Desk... by Brett Rurode

Celebrate Safely this Fourth of July
Over 100 fireworks-related injuries occurred last year in Kansas

Topeka, KS. – The Office of the State Fire Marshal with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Safe Kids Kansas remind Kansans of the importance of safety around fireworks. Fireworks can be dangerous to both adults and children if not handled properly. 

According to the Kansas Syndromic Surveillance Program, in 2016 there were 123 reported fireworks-related injuries. Injuries to hands were involved in 39 percent of incidents and 34 percent involved injuries to the eyes, face and head.

The most common victims of fireworks injuries are adult males and children. According to statistics from the Kansas Fireworks Injury Survey, a voluntary reporting system for Kansas hospitals, adult males represented 40 percent of all reported fireworks-related injuries, with another 40 percent of reported fireworks injuries affecting children under the age of 18. 

“While shooting your own fireworks can be a thrill, they can also cause serious injuries and fires if not handled properly,” says Doug Jorgensen, Fire Marshal for the State of Kansas. “The safest approach to enjoying fireworks is to visit public fireworks displays conducted by trained professionals who know how to properly handle fireworks. We want all our Kansas kids to enjoy this summer’s festivities as safely as possible.”

To help the public celebrate safely, the Office of the State Fire Marshal and Safe Kids Kansas offers the following tips for the safe use of fireworks:
• Always purchase high quality fireworks from reliable and legitimate sources
• Always read and follow label directions
• Have an adult supervise all fireworks activities
• Always ignite fireworks outdoors
• Have water nearby
• Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks
• Light only one firework at a time
• Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks
• Never give fireworks to small children
• Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
• Dispose of fireworks properly
• Never throw fireworks at another person
• Never carry fireworks in your pocket
• Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers

In addition, bottle rockets and M80s are dangerous and illegal in the State of Kansas. The use or sale of these banned fireworks is considered a crime under Kansas law.
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From The Office of the State Fire Marshal with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Safe Kids Kansas

Jul 17

Publications by and about the Kansas State Penitentiary

Posted to KGI Online Library by Bill Sowers

The State Library’s KGI Online Library has built up a small collection of scanned documents by or about the State Penitentiary (some scanned from the Kansas Historical Society’s duplicates collection)

 Publications by the Lansing Correctional Facility / Kansas State Penitentiary
General Publications
Kansas State Penitentiary Annual and Biennial Reports (1861-1972, Incomplete)
Concept Magazine (1975-1979) and The Stretch (newsletter) (1961)

Publications about the Prison by other agencies
Report of the Joint Committee Appointed to Investigate the Affairs of the State Penitentiary, appointed under authority of Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 2. [1889?]

Contract convict labor and prison reform. [1894]

Report of the committee appointed by Governor Stubbs to examine the conditions and management of the Kansas State Penitentiary [1911?]

The official report by the State Accountant relating to the State Penitentiary : covering efficiency, finance, prisoners' account and twine plant : from June 30, 1914 to July 1, 1916.

Report on State penitentiary. Preliminary information. [1935]

Industries at the Kansas State Penitentiary, fiscal years, 1911-1917  [published 1938]

Report of inspection : Kansas State Penitentiary coal mine, Lansing, Leavenworth County, Kansas [1938]

The Prison Labor Problem in Kansas [1938] (full document) (summary report)

Jun 19

Worth a second look: Gale Cengage

Posted to Librarian News by Jeff Hixon

From time to time, we like to draw attention to our growing list of archived webinar recordings. Maybe you missed one you had your heart set on joining, thought "I'll just catch the recording later!" - and then it got away from you.

This time, we're looking at an overview of our offerings from Gale Cengage Learning, presented by trainer Emily Mageski on January 12.

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