Dangerously Cluttered Spaces

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West Bend’s loss prevention representatives spend a lot of time in the field working with non-profit, youth-focused, and community-based customers. Like most homes and businesses, our customers own a lot of stuff. From extra toys to fitness equipment, it’s hard to find space for everything. Most people might think, “So what? It’s just some clutter…it’s not a big deal.”

But sometimes it is a big deal. …continue reading the rest of Dangerously Cluttered Spaces

Introducing Kayla Olson, Our New Childcare Editor

November 11th, 2015 Kayla Olson with West Bend

I am very excited to introduce Kayla Olson, CultureOfSafety.com’s newest contributor. Kayla will serve as the site’s Childcare Editor. Her extensive background working in the childcare industry for more than a decade provides West Bend and CultureOfSafety.com with a powerful and informed voice.

Kayla’s primary role with West Bend will involve finding common ground between the realities of working with children and West Bend’s desire to help youth-focused organizations manage risks.

What follows below is a brief interview I had …continue reading the rest of Introducing Kayla Olson, Our New Childcare Editor

Stress and Abuse in Child Care

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A new story about abuse in child care centers pops up just about every day. And these stories span the country; from New York City (where a provider was caught on camera treating toddlers roughly at a Montessori school) to Albuquerque (where a longtime caregiver was caught shaking infants in her classroom). These videos are hard to watch and it’s very disheartening to see children …continue reading the rest of Stress and Abuse in Child Care

Serious Car Wreck: Do You Drive Like This?

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Do you ever pass on the right while driving? Or cut across multiple lanes of traffic to get to your exit? Let’s be honest, we’ve all gotten frustrated and decided it would be faster to go around in the right hand lane or quickly jump into the exit lane going way too fast. Take a look at this shocking video and I guarantee you will think twice about it next time.

Driver Changes Too Many Lanes at Once

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

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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