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Nov 21

Thanksgiving safety tips from the Kansas Fire Marshal

Posted to From the Reference Desk... by Brian Herder

Thanksgiving can be hectic and typically involves lots of potentially dangerous heat in the kitchen. Today the Kansas Fire Marshal posted tips for how to keep Thanksgiving as safe as possible:

Kansas Fire Marshal offers fire tips for Thanksgiving cooking

As Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen states, "We encourage all Kansans to take common sense precautions to prevent a fire tragedy on their holiday." Some of these common sense tips include:

  • Always stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food,
  • Keep flammable items such as fabric, wooden utensils, towels, and curtains away from the cooking area
  • Avoid using the stove or stovetop if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol
The Fire Marshal also discourages the use of turkey fryers in general and suggests buying deep-fried turkeys instead.

For further information about the office of the Fire Marshal, check out the Fire Marshal's full website and the State Library's online collection of Fire Marshal documents.

Nov 28

Kansas Health Risk Behavior Reports

Posted to KGI Online Library by Bill Sowers

The Health Risk Behavior Reports issued by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are surveys regarding both physical and mental health risks in behavior and lifestyle of Kansans. In the 2013 report (published in March 2015) the suveillance system is described as follows:

"The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a random digit dial telephone survey of non-institutionalized adults 18 years old and older living in private residences with landline and/or cell phone service. If applicable, adult respondents also provide limited data on a randomly selected child in the household via surrogate interview."

The System issues both a general health risk reports as well as health risk reports covering specific topics such as veterans health, depression and anxiety, mental illness, tobacco use, adverse childhood experiences, environmental factors, disability, caregivers and care recipients, economic instability as a social determinant of health, obesity and sexual violence.

You can view the general reports in the KGI Online Library here:

The specific topic reports can be found in the KGI Online Library here:

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment also has many of these reports as well as others online at:


We feature here a different agency or division of a large agency and its publications within the Kansas Government Information (KGI) Online Library:

The School for the Deaf, founded in 1861, provides residential and day programs for elementary and secondary children who are deaf. The school operates under the jurisdiction of the State Board of Education, which appoints a superintendent and accredits the school. The School is also accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The adopted curricula meet all state curriculum standards. Special emphasis is placed on language development and communication, with American Sign Language, English, speech, and audition complementing all skills that reinforce one another. It is the mission of the Kansas State School for the Deaf (KSSD) to provide students with total access to language and educational excellence in a visual environment while serving as a resource on deafness and deaf education to school districts and families.
Dec 09

Listservs: subscription problems Dec 2016

Posted to Librarian News by Lianne Flax

Our librarian listservs (KanLib-L, KanILL-L, and CULS-L) are generously provided by KU.  There have been some recent difficulties with the system, see message from Marianne Reed from KU IT below:

Good afternoon! I wanted to let you know that there are some technical issues with many of KU’s lists that are being investigated by KU IT staff and by Microsoft. Some list subscribers have received messages to the effect that your list subscription (to KANLIB-L, KANILL-L, etc.) has been suspended.

It is possible that some members may even have been unsubscribed from the list, but never received a notification. (The notification was sent, but blocked by the receiving email system and never delivered.) If you know others in your organization are KANLIB-L subscribers, please pass this along – the irony of sending this message via the list is not lost on us!

Please be patient while the technical support folks track down the problem(s). They have made some changes that they hope will solve the issues, but only time will tell if all of the issues have been resolved.


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