Look Before You Lock!

July 24th, 2014 Heatstroke-infographic-808-x-808-A2

Every summer there are stories from all over the country of young children dying from vehicular hyperthermia after being unintentionally left in cars on warm days. Two tragic stories – one from Texas and the other from Georgia – have been making national news. Both instances highlight how dangerous vehicular hyperthermia can be and why it’s so important to …continue reading the rest of Look Before You Lock!

Say “Yes” to a Snow Removal Contractor this Winter

December 6th, 2013 Snow Plow

Winter is definitely here. Much of Minnesota is still digging out from over two feet of snow and half the country is bracing for crippling ice storms. Every year, at just about this time, the claims department at West Bend sees a drastic increase in the number of reported claims during the winter months. These claims are usually the result of …continue reading the rest of Say “Yes” to a Snow Removal Contractor this Winter

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Exposed to MRSA

October 16th, 2013 MRSA

The NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to worry about more than their 0-5 start. So far this season, three Buccaneers players have contracted methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a deadly infection more commonly referred to as MRSA (pronounced mur-sa). MRSA is a skin infection that spreads either after direct contact with an infected …continue reading the rest of Tampa Bay Buccaneers Exposed to MRSA

Ask the Experts: Is the Choking Game Addictive?

July 25th, 2013 choking game

By now, most parents understand the risks of narcotic drugs and some parents have even started taking precautions to ensure their children aren’t abusing over the counter drugs found in their homes. While it is important to appreciate the dangers that exist in these substances and to talk to children and teens about them, it is also important not to lose sight of behaviors that can be just as harmful. The Choking Game, an activity in which teens strangle …continue reading the rest of Ask the Experts: Is the Choking Game Addictive?

Two Kids Dead Because of Extreme Heat and Neglect

July 17th, 2013 Kids Die in Hot Car

The National Weather Service has recently issued severe weather warnings for much of the United States due to excessive heat and humidity. High temperatures and extreme humidity will push the heat index to well over 100 degrees throughout most of the country.

Unfortunately, these extremely hot conditions have already caused fatalities. A mother in Maryland has been arraigned after leaving her two kids – aged 20 months and 3 months – in a sweltering car for seven …continue reading the rest of Two Kids Dead Because of Extreme Heat and Neglect

The World’s Largest Swim Lesson

June 19th, 2013 swim lessons

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death of children ages 1-5. Additionally, research shows that children who do not learn to swim by the 3rd grade most likely never will. These two issues are the inspiration for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, an initiative sponsored by the World Waterpark Association and supported by the PoolSafely campaign.

Yesterday’s attempt at a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest swim lesson saw an estimated …continue reading the rest of The World’s Largest Swim Lesson

When Bullies Share DNA

June 18th, 2013 sibling_bullying

I’m the oldest of four. When we were all kids, I always tried to be a good older brother to my sister and two step-brothers. But there was something about being bigger, stronger and smarter than the three of them that triggered the occasional need to tease and taunt. (Note the use of past tense in that sentence. They are all now either bigger, stronger or smarter than me.)

I can vividly remember my sister running to my mom screaming, “John keeps …continue reading the rest of When Bullies Share DNA

Thank You Senator Tammy Baldwin

June 3rd, 2013 senator baldwin

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

Fighting Dehydration with a Water Monster

May 15th, 2013 water monster

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

The Story Behind Dr. Heimlich and His Famous Maneuver

May 9th, 2013 Heimlich Maneuver on Choking Victim

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