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
A post from Katrina Luetkebuenger, a West Bend Loss Prevention Representative: There are many risks to consider with winter driving. I didn’t think about this hazard until it almost flew right through my windshield. Last week while driving down the highway, a wintery explosion of snow and ice suddenly interrupted my thoughts. Several pieces of ice broke off the roof of the semi-truck traveling in front of me, causing cinder-block and brick-sized ice missiles to fly through the air at 70 miles per hour toward my minivan! With traffic on either side of me, there was no way to avoid them. Several huge ice chunks slammed into the roof of my car, each with a very loud bang. It sounded like somebody was hitting my car with a bat and instinct caused me to crouch in my seat with each thud. I thought the roof was caving in!
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.…continue reading the rest of Video: Child Falls Off Changing Table
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.…continue reading the rest of Keeping Pools Safe with Swim Tests
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.
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.…continue reading the rest of Toddler Wanders Away from Childcare Center
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?