June 3rd, 2013
Because of the efforts of Senator Tammy Baldwin and her incredibly dedicated staff in Madison, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C., we may all be safer next time we visit a potluck, picnic or childcare center. We recently received word that Senator Baldwin submitted a formal request to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to have them review the dangers of slow cookers.
West Bend’s concern with slow cookers started in 2007. Between 2007 and 2011, we received five separate notices from child care centers indicating that infants had been severely burned by scalding hot liquid. In each instance, the infant tugged at the cord of a slow cooker being used to warm baby bottles which caused the slow cooker full of water to cover their body. As you can see in this very graphic photo, these injuries are …continue reading the rest of Thank You Senator Tammy Baldwin
May 9th, 2013
Did you know that Dr. Henry Heimlich first tested his technique to dislodge stuck food on a dog? He tied a string around a piece of meat and forced it into the airway of an anesthetized dog. And did you know that Dr. Heimlich is still alive!? I hadn’t the slightest idea. I also wasn’t aware that there was so much controversy surrounding …continue reading the rest of The Story Behind Dr. Heimlich and His Famous Maneuver
May 6th, 2013
Did you know it’s against the law to not report child abuse? Three school administers in Tennessee learned this lesson the hard way and were arrested and indicted for failing to report abuse perpetrated by one child against others. They face a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail for not reporting the incident to proper …continue reading the rest of Possible Jail Time for Teachers that Didn’t Report Abuse
April 25th, 2013
Imagine you’re shopping for new tires for your car. You have the choice between budget tires that cost much less, but have been reported to underperform in rainy or snowy conditions, and tires that are relatively more expensive, but have great safety ratings. If you live in a place where it rains or snows often, you might find it worthwhile to …continue reading the rest of Ask the Experts: How Much Does Child Care Insurance Cost?
April 5th, 2013
Did you know many automobile injuries are actually caused by objects from within your car? During the past year, we had a customer slam on their brakes to avoid a collision, only to have a piece of equipment from the back seat catapult to the front and smash their car’s console and navigation system. Fortunately, our customer was not injured.
Having been in an accident where I was hit by a semi many …continue reading the rest of In Your Car: Avoiding Unknown Dangers
March 19th, 2013
Do you have any allergies? Do you take all the necessary precautions? Are you prepared to respond if you do suffer an allergic reaction? One 19-year-old college freshman, unfortunately, was not and he suffered a fatal allergic reaction after eating a cookie with trace amounts of peanut oil.
Cameron Groezinger-Fitzpatrick, aged 19, was diagnosed with a severe peanut allergy when he was only eight years old. He took all of the common peanut allergy precautions and had carefully …continue reading the rest of One Bite of a Cookie Claims a Teen’s Life
March 18th, 2013
Thousands of people just like you visit CultureOfSafety.com every single month. The large majority of you are looking for answers to your safety-related questions. We do our best to share as much information as we can, but we admit that it can be difficult to keep up with every possible topic.
In hopes of answering as many of your questions as possible, we’re going to start posting a monthly …continue reading the rest of Ask the Experts: Cyberbullying, Asthma and Spontaneous Combustion
February 7th, 2013
West Bend works with the very best independent agents to provide comprehensive liability insurance for child care centers. Debe Marofsky from Affiliated Insurance in Plymouth, Minnesota is one such agent. Debe has been working with in-home daycares and child care centers for more than 20 years.
In that time, she’s worked with hundreds of child care providers, and she prides herself on only working with centers that …continue reading the rest of 3 Red Flags in Child Care Centers
December 18th, 2012
We all know what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, December 14th. There’s no need to repeat the horrifying details of one of the deadliest school shootings the world has ever seen.
As more and more details surrounding the massacre come in to focus, we will inevitably start a national conversation on topics ranging from gun control to mental health to school safety. These are big, complex, and divisive conversations that may divide …continue reading the rest of Newtown: Helping Children Understand