Are You Swimming in a Toilet?

August 31, 2011

E. Coli outbreaks across the country have been compromising the health and well being of swimmers this summer. This dangerous bacteria has been linked to dozens of hospitalizations. Thirteen people were hospitalized after visiting a state park in Pennsylvania. According to an article on FoodSafetyNews.com, "eight of the swimmers had developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening

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Time to Referee The Choking Game

August 24, 2011

With school getting ready to start back up for kids across the country, now seems like a good time to readdress a very scary trend with adolescents and young adults. Almost two years ago we published a safety article on The Choking "Game", an activity kids engage in that cuts oxygen off to the brain. The lack of oxygen causes the participant to feel a temporary high and dizziness. Unfortunately, many children often

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Face It: 75 Reasons You're Getting Old

August 23, 2011

What do Frank Zappa, River Phoenix, Arthur Ashe, and Andre the Giant all have in common? They all died before this year's class of incoming college freshmen were born. And can you believe that Ferris Bueller would now be old enough to be their father?

Times have changed dramatically in the last 18 years. Fortunately, some hard working people in Wisconsin provide the rest of us with a list to let us know just how

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When Not to Quit: Man Revived After 96 Minutes

August 22, 2011

Performing CPR in a life-or-death situation is mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting. I hope this incredible story about a man who was successfully revived - with no resulting brain damage - after 96 minutes provides the extra burst of strength and motivation you may need the next time someone's life is in your hands. While the article primarily focuses on

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5 Avoidable Deaths at the Indiana State Fair

August 16, 2011

A large concert stage collapsed under the pressure of 70mph winds at the Indiana State Fair this past Saturday. Reports have indicated that at least five people have died and dozens more have been injured. According to a TIME Magazine article on the tragic events, AccuWeather had issued a warning of high wind gusts more than 15 minutes before the stage collapsed.

Fifteen minutes almost definitely would have been enough time to clear the concert area of the 12,000+ people waiting for the concert to begin. If organizers did, in fact, receive warnings from the National Weather Service or AccuWeather, they would have been forced to make a difficult decision. They could either

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SportWaiver.com: A Must-Follow Resource for Sports Orgs

August 10, 2011

When visiting with customers, West Bend's loss prevention representatives almost always discuss the importance of using a well-drafted waiver (or exculpatory agreement). These waivers protect businesses from claims arising from negligence, and help reduce litigation expenses, and, in turn, insurance premiums.

While many business owners and nonprofit executives may recognize the benefits of having a strong waiver, the large majority of organizations we visit have exculpatory agreements that would almost definitely

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