Tick Season is Here...Are You Ready?

May 29, 2018

Summer is finally here! The warm weather brings more people outside going for walks, spending time at pools and lakes, and taking their children to playgrounds. It’s also summer camp season; thousands of children spend part of the summer exploring the outdoors with their peers. Unfortunately, warm weather also means it’s mosquito and tick season. These insects can cause serious illnesses so it’s important to take precautions when spending time outside.

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Swimmer Saves Rival from Drowning

April 27, 2018

At a high school swim meet in Michigan, Xavier Staubs had just finished the last leg of a relay race. He noticed one of his rivals, Kamrin Samson, in another lane struggling and sinking to the bottom. Fans in the stands were frantically signaling that the swimmer needed help. Xavier, with the help of another teammate, dove to the bottom and pulled Kamrin up and out of the pool, perhaps saving his life. Kamrin indicated that he may have held his breath too long during his leg of the relay.

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Accommodating Children with Disabilities

March 28, 2018

One of our loss prevention representatives was recently asked about including children with disabilities in camp activities. This organization had heard about the YMCA of Metro Chicago settling a discrimination complaint after they refused to train staff on how to administer glucagon shots to a child with diabetes. This led to a conversation about accommodating children with different disabilities at the organization’s camp.

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Fatal Allergic Reactions

November 29, 2017

A recent tragedy at a preschool in New York City has been making headlines across the country. A three year old with a known dairy allergy was fed a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch. He went into anaphylactic shock and was rushed to the hospital by his mother. Unfortunately, the hospital was unable to save him. Now the preschool has been shut down pending an investigation and sadly a family has been irreparably broken.

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Pumpkin Patch Safety

October 27, 2017

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.

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Protective Sports Equipment

September 29, 2017

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.

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Do Not Resuscitate Orders at the Gym?

August 28, 2017

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?

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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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