Toxic Chemicals and Children

July 28, 2017

A recent claim caught the attention of one of our loss prevention reps. A child in a drop-in daycare facility went into the bathroom to get her diaper changed, ahead of her teacher by just a few seconds. The staff member who cleaned the bathroom the night before accidentally left a toxic cleaner out and the child grabbed the bottle. Luckily, the child only got some of the cleaner on her clothes and a staff member caught her before anything was ingested.

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Life Jackets in Pools?

June 28, 2017

The warm weather is finally here and families and children are heading to pools and lakes to cool down. Swimming is a standard summer activity but many adults and children aren't strong swimmers. This can lead to terrible drowning tragedies if non-swimmers get into water that’s too deep. While lifeguards are there to protect swimmers in many situations, this isn’t always the case.

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Child Chokes on Popular Toy

May 31, 2017

By now, anyone who works or lives with children has probably heard about fidget spinners. This new toy craze has infiltrated schools all over the country. While some tout these toys as a remedy for ADHD, many schools and teachers are frustrated by the distraction they cause. An entire classroom of children spinning these toys may not be very conducive to learning.

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Pool Safety: Starting Blocks

February 27, 2017

Last month, one of our loss prevention experts was at a YMCA pool. A swimmer was up on a starting block getting ready to jump into the pool when suddenly the block broke, sending the platform and the swimmer crashing into the pool. When our rep and the aquatics director looked at the broken starting block, they discovered the galvanized bolts holding it together had completed corroded and rusted (see photo below).

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Choosing the Right Childcare: Staff Ratios

January 31, 2017

Maintaining staff-to-child ratios is a very important part of a high-quality childcare environment. In fact, the number of children allowed per staff member is regulated. While these ratios vary across states, infant ratios are usually four to five babies per teacher.That number typically increases as the children get older and more independent. Most centers will have at least two teachers per classroom.

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Video: Child Falls Off Changing Table

November 29, 2016

Recently, a scary video has been making the rounds on the internet. A mother places her child on a changing table in their home. She turns away for a brief second and the child rolls off the table. Thankfully, the child’s brother runs over and miraculously manages to catch the child before he hits the floor. It’s an amazing video, if you haven’t already seen it be sure to check it out. The infant is very fortunate to have such a quick sibling.

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Keeping Pools Safe with Swim Tests

October 31, 2016

Too often here at West Bend we receive frightening near-drowning claims. These claims can result in serious injury and many times the victims are children. A child who can’t swim wanders into the deep end during a pool party. A child who’s supposed to be wearing a lifejacket takes it off and no one notices. A child who can’t swim tells her parents she will be in another area of the Y but instead decides to go swimming with her friend. These dangerous scenarios happen all the time.

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Planning Safe Field Trips

September 30, 2016

As a childcare provider, field trips were both my worst nightmare and one of my favorite activities. The stress and anxiety of planning and keeping track of twelve two-year-olds in an unfamiliar place was daunting; however, seeing how much fun and how exciting it was for the kids made it all worth it in the end. That’s why, year after year, we would plan field trips to different places in our city. As much as I sometimes wanted to pull my hair out, it usually ended up being a super fun day.

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Toddler Wanders Away from Childcare Center

August 26, 2016

Earlier this year, a toddler from a small childcare center in Vermont wandered away from his group during outdoor play. When the child’s parents arrived to pick him up, his teachers realized he had been missing for hours. After a frantic search, he was found in a stream on the property. The child died the next day, leaving behind a devastated family and prosecutors contemplating charges for the childcare providers.

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Severe Storm Knocks Out Power for Days

July 26, 2016

We spend all winter looking forward to long, sunny days. Then finally summer arrives, bringing some beautiful weather. But summer also can bring dangerous storms with flooding, tornadoes, and lightning. Last Thursday in Duluth, Minnesota, a severe thunderstorm rolled through in the early morning hours. Winds were clocked at over 80 mph in some parts of the region. Local TV and radio stations were knocked off the air. Residents awoke to trees and power lines all over the ground. Yesterday it was reported there were still 7000 homes and businesses without power, five long days after the storm. Imagine if this had happened to your organization in the middle of the day. Are you prepared?

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