A recent news story about a child at a pumpkin farm caught our attention here at West Bend. The child suffered a medical emergency and passed out. Thankfully, another patron at the farm trained in CPR was able to help the little girl until emergency services arrived. While this story had a very happy ending, it highlights some of the safety issues that should be considered if or when a situation like this occurs.…continue reading the rest of Pumpkin Patch Safety
Fall sports are ramping up as the weather cools down. Football and lacrosse seasons are starting; even some baseball and softball teams are still playing. Winter sports, including hockey, basketball, and volleyball are on the horizon. Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and other community organizations often offer sports programs for children. Playing on sports teams is a great way for children to exercise and work together with teammates. Having the right safety equipment is essential for keeping children safe and healthy while playing sports.…continue reading the rest of Protective Sports Equipment
Imagine an elderly member came into your organization with an advanced directive stating that in the event of an emergency, they don't want to be resuscitated. Of course your first instinct would be the respect their wishes, however, is this the best course of action? Do organizations like YMCAs have to honor these types of requests?…continue reading the rest of Do Not Resuscitate Orders at the Gym?
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.…continue reading the rest of Toxic Chemicals and Children
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.…continue reading the rest of Life Jackets in Pools?
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.…continue reading the rest of Child Chokes on Popular Toy
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Everyone knows just how dangerous distracted driving is, but the statistics keep getting worse. According to the National Safety Council, an estimated 40,000 people died from car accidents in 2016. This is a 14% increase in the number of fatalities just two years ago. And a new study from Cambridge Mobile Telematics found that in most car crashes, distracted driving plays a role.…continue reading the rest of Distracted Driving Awareness Month
One of our loss prevention experts recently received a question that many YMCAs and larger fitness facilities face. Employees at this YMCA noticed some of their members using the facility to train other members. This isn't an unusual occurrence. Someone who wants to make money with their skills offers to provide training for others, using the YMCA or fitness center as a meeting place. They could be offering swim lessons, sports training, personal training, or other services.…continue reading the rest of Private Personal Training at the Y?
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).…continue reading the rest of Pool Safety: Starting Blocks
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.…continue reading the rest of Choosing the Right Childcare: Staff Ratios