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July 2, 2013
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Summer Safety Tips: Fireworks safety

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Independence Day celebrations bring together family, wonderful food, awe-inspiring firework displays, and the need to keep safety in mind at each fun-filled event.

Last year, right here in Kansas, 197 fireworks injuries were documented during the week of July 4. Please prioritize these tips from State Fire Marshal Doug Jorgensen when making your holiday plans:

  • Purchase high-quality fireworks from a reliable, legitimate source.
  • Never give fireworks to small children.
  • Always wear eye protection.
  • Never ignite fireworks indoors.
  • Have a source of water handy, in case of fire.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.

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Blue 365 Choose a dental plan that makes you smile
Dental care is about more than healthy teeth. Research from the American Academy of Periodontology shows a connection between oral health and a lowered risk of chronic diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis. With our dental care programs, you can count on 100 percent coverage on preventive dental services, affordable plans for families and single adults, and much more. If you're over age 65 and needing a great dental plan, apply while you can! Open enrollment ends Aug. 31, 2013.
Learn more about our dental plans.

Blue 365 Find out what's going on at BCBSKS

We marked 70 years in business during 2012, and are confidently moving forward during a time of significant change for our industry. With Health care reform in mind, we've made a lot of progress preparing for new ways to sell our products and serve our members, and we'd like to share some of the highlights with you. Our 2012 Annual Report to policyholders and members includes a message from our president, and our financial statement. Read it to learn how we're working toward our goal of giving our members the best possible health care at the lowest possible cost.

Grab a cup of coffee and check out the report.

Kansas kids need bike helmets. Help Kansas kids get bicycle helmets and safety education
Credited with 10 saved lives documented, more than 136,000 helmets distributed, and multiple awards received, Safe Kids Kansas Cycle Smart is a program that directly benefits from your choice to sign up for online Explanation of Benefits (EOB) statements. For each member who signs up to receive his or her EOBs online instead of by U.S. mail in 2013, we'll donate $1 to support Cycle Smart's efforts to keep Kansas kids safe.
Get the rest of the story on Cycle Smart and online EOBs.
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