Homemade Ice Pack Leads to a Burnt Cornea

September 10, 2014

A dangerous new cost-saving idea is gaining popularity in homes and businesses across the country. People have begun freezing hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol in plastic bags to create homemade ice packs.

Here at West Bend, we’ve already seen one claim involving an ice pack that ended up opening and getting into a person’s

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Look Before You Lock!

July 24, 2014

Every summer there are stories from all over the country of young children dying from vehicular hyperthermia after being unintentionally left in cars on warm days. Two tragic stories – one from Texas and the other from Georgia – have been making national news. Both instances highlight how dangerous vehicular hyperthermia can be and why it’s so important to

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Two Kids Dead Because of Extreme Heat and Neglect

July 17, 2013

The National Weather Service has recently issued severe weather warnings for much of the United States due to excessive heat and humidity. High temperatures and extreme humidity will push the heat index to well over 100 degrees throughout most of the country.

Unfortunately, these extremely hot conditions have already caused fatalities. A mother in Maryland has been arraigned after leaving her two kids - aged 20 months and 3 months - in a sweltering car for seven

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When Bullies Share DNA

June 18, 2013

I'm the oldest of four. When we were all kids, I always tried to be a good older brother to my sister and two step-brothers. But there was something about being bigger, stronger and smarter than the three of them that triggered the occasional need to tease and taunt. (Note the use of past tense in that sentence. They are all now either bigger, stronger or smarter than me.)

I can vividly remember my sister running to my mom screaming, "John keeps

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Thank You Senator Tammy Baldwin

June 03, 2013

Because of the efforts of Senator Tammy Baldwin and her incredibly dedicated staff in Madison, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C., we may all be safer next time we visit a potluck, picnic or childcare center. We recently received word that Senator Baldwin submitted a formal request to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to have them review the dangers of slow cookers.

West Bend's concern with slow cookers started in 2007. Between 2007 and 2011, we received five separate notices from child care centers indicating that infants had been severely burned by scalding hot liquid. In each instance, the infant tugged at the cord of a slow cooker being used to warm baby bottles which caused the slow cooker full of water to cover their body. As you can see in this very graphic photo, these injuries are

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The Story Behind Dr. Heimlich and His Famous Maneuver

May 09, 2013

Did you know that Dr. Henry Heimlich first tested his technique to dislodge stuck food on a dog? He tied a string around a piece of meat and forced it into the airway of an anesthetized dog. And did you know that Dr. Heimlich is still alive!? I hadn't the slightest idea. I also wasn't aware that there was so much controversy surrounding

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Possible Jail Time for Teachers that Didn't Report Abuse

May 06, 2013

Did you know it’s against the law to not report child abuse? Three school administers in Tennessee learned this lesson the hard way and were arrested and indicted for failing to report abuse perpetrated by one child against others. They face a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail for not reporting the incident to proper

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Ask the Experts: How Much Does Child Care Insurance Cost?

April 25, 2013

Imagine you’re shopping for new tires for your car. You have the choice between budget tires that cost much less, but have been reported to underperform in rainy or snowy conditions, and tires that are relatively more expensive, but have great safety ratings. If you live in a place where it rains or snows often, you might find it worthwhile to

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In Your Car: Avoiding Unknown Dangers

April 05, 2013
This guest post was written by Dan Riedel, an Account Executive from Woller-Anger Insurance and an independent insurance agent for West Bend. Dan has over 20 years of experience working with child care providers, youth programs and schools. Dan regularly presents and prepares child safety materials, and is an active member of the Wisconsin Child Care Administrators Association (WCCAA).

Did you know many automobile injuries are actually caused by objects from within your car? During the past year, we had a customer slam on their brakes to avoid a collision, only to have a piece of equipment from the back seat catapult to the front and smash their car’s console and navigation system. Fortunately, our customer was not injured.

Having been in an accident where I was hit by a semi many

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One Bite of a Cookie Claims a Teen's Life

March 19, 2013

Do you have any allergies? Do you take all the necessary precautions? Are you prepared to respond if you do suffer an allergic reaction? One 19-year-old college freshman, unfortunately, was not and he suffered a fatal allergic reaction after eating a cookie with trace amounts of peanut oil.

Cameron Groezinger-Fitzpatrick, aged 19, was diagnosed with a severe peanut allergy when he was only eight years old. He took all of the common peanut allergy precautions and had carefully

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