Can you beat this drowning simulator?

August 13th, 2015 Lifeguard Simulator

Many people think that if someone is drowning, it will be extremely obvious. Lots of splashing, screaming for help, and arm waving. But this almost never happens. The Instinctive Drowning Response, a phrase coined by Francesco A. Pia, PhD, prevents someone from waving or calling for help. Their bodies focus on breathing, not speaking, and their hands and arms are often instinctively pushing down on the water, not waving for help. This makes it much harder for lifeguards to spot victims.

A fantastic new website lets you see this for yourself. Computer programmer Francisco Saldaña created …continue reading the rest of Can you beat this drowning simulator?

VIDEO: Mother Leaves Child in Hot Van

August 5th, 2015 Child Left in Hot Car

We’ve addressed vehicular hyperthermia many times on this site, but, sadly, people continue to leave their young children and their pets in hot vehicles while they shop. This is totally unacceptable!

Eyewitness footage was recently released of a young child that was left in a minivan while the mother shopped at Costco. Inexplicably, it appears the mother took one of her children into the store but decided to leave …continue reading the rest of VIDEO: Mother Leaves Child in Hot Van

Defending the Daycare with the Sunburned Kids

August 3rd, 2015 Sunburn at Daycare

A childcare center in Oklahoma is in hot water after extremely graphic photos of two children that were severely sunburned began circulating around the internet. According to the daycare, the children were told to keep their shirts while on a field trip to a pool but they did not listen to their teacher. The kids are currently hospitalized with second- and third-degree burns and will likely have permanent …continue reading the rest of Defending the Daycare with the Sunburned Kids

Wisconsin Businesses Can Now Save Your Life

July 28th, 2015 epipen laws

I was excited to see this month that Wisconsin has joined the growing list of states broadening access to epinephrine auto-injectors. Epinephrine auto injectors, commonly known by brand names like EpiPen, can mean the difference between life and death for someone with severe allergies. The new law allows more public facilities, such as amusement parks, restaurants, and sports arenas to stock epinephrine and requires employees to …continue reading the rest of Wisconsin Businesses Can Now Save Your Life

Dashboard Video: Distracted Teen Drivers

April 22nd, 2015 Texting While Driving

The New York Times featured a video compilation of distracted teen drivers recently. It’s terrifying. Unfortunately, teenagers are not the only ones who drive dangerously; many adults are also guilty of trying to text or send an email while driving.

As someone who is often running or biking on the shoulders of streets like these, I was especially nervous after watching this video. Luckily, there were no pedestrians or cyclists …continue reading the rest of Dashboard Video: Distracted Teen Drivers

Safety at the Y in 2014

April 10th, 2015 04_count_by_month

West Bend Mutual Insurance Company works with more than 200 Y associations throughout the Midwest. Each year, these Ys submit hundreds of insurance claims to West Bend. This year, we conducted a thorough analysis of each of these claims and held a live online seminar for our customers to discuss the results. To help make other Ys (and similar organizations) safe for …continue reading the rest of Safety at the Y in 2014

Child Abuse Prevention Month: What Can We Do?

April 10th, 2015 camp_counselor

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. Since 1983, this month has been a time for our country to tackle this extremely challenging issue. Community organizations and parents collaborate to develop policies and strategies to strengthen families and keep children safe.

That’s why it’s especially disheartening to see this disturbing news story making headlines. A college student, majoring in education, was arrested and later admitted to …continue reading the rest of Child Abuse Prevention Month: What Can We Do?

Are Childcare Providers Required to Enroll Unvaccinated Children?

March 11th, 2015 Measles Outbreak

At this point you’ve likely heard about the measles outbreak sweeping through the country. Originating at Disneyland in Orange County, California, the outbreak has since spread to 17 states and revived a national debate about vaccines. We saw a huge spike in the number of measles cases in …continue reading the rest of Are Childcare Providers Required to Enroll Unvaccinated Children?

Scathing Review of USA Swimming’s Abuse Scandal

November 21st, 2014 USA Swimming Abuse Scandal

A new article in Outside Magazine explores the prevalence of sexual abuse in swim clubs across the country. Author Rachel Sturtz interviewed abuse victims, their families, the lawyers involved in the cases, and abuse experts. The story that emerges is shocking and painful. This piece, while extensive, and at times disturbing to read, is …continue reading the rest of Scathing Review of USA Swimming’s Abuse Scandal

Ebola is Terrifying, but I’m More Worried About the Flu

November 7th, 2014 flu

We’ve all been hearing stories about Ebola lately, especially since the disease has made its way to the United States. Controversies about quarantines and discussions of travel bans have been abundant in the news. While Ebola is a serious and deadly disease, there is an illness even more deadly to Americans, killing more than …continue reading the rest of Ebola is Terrifying, but I’m More Worried About the Flu