Each summer, West Bend sends a team of safety experts across the Midwest to present to thousands of camp counselors at YMCAs and summer camps. When visiting with camp counselors we talk about many of the popular topics that probably come to mind: drowning prevention, abuse recognition, and field trip safety to name a few. And because we know campers will be spending a huge portion of their time outdoors in the …continue reading the rest of Fighting Dehydration with a Water Monster
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
Common sense leads us to the conclusion that a shorter ladder carries less risk of injury than a taller one, and to an extent, this is probably true. Someone can, however, sustain serious injury from even a short fall. A 2011 estimate from the Occupation Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) claims that 35% of fall fatalities [PDF] were from heights of …continue reading the rest of Ask the Experts: At what height do most ladder injuries occur?
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
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?
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
Mike Rice, the men’s basketball coach at Rutgers University, was fired this morning after a video of him physically and verbally accosting student athletes went public. Throughout the 2.5 minute video (shared below) we see the former coach grab, hit and assault players on multiple occasions. He even goes so far as throwing a basketball at the back of an athlete’s head during practice.
And the abuse didn’t stop there. Although the sound has been edited by ESPN, it’s clear that Mike Rice also enjoyed verbally abusing his team as well. On several instances he can be heard swearing at the players and showering them …continue reading the rest of [Video] Rutger’s Coach Physically Abuses Student Athletes
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
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