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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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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Fighting Dehydration with a Water Monster

May 15, 2013

Each summer, West Bend sends a team of safety experts across the Midwest to present to thousands of camp counselors at YMCAs and summer camps. When visiting with camp counselors we talk about many of the popular topics that probably come to mind: drowning prevention, abuse recognition, and field trip safety to name a few. And because we know campers will be spending a huge portion of their time outdoors in the

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Safety Concerns for Summer Camps in 2012

April 20, 2012

Every year around this time, West Bend's loss prevention representatives start preparing for dozens of summer camp counselor presentations. Last year, in fact, we presented to more than 1,250 summer and day camp counselors throughout May and June.

Because every single camp is unique, we've found that a single, pre-prepared presentation or video simply won't cut it. Discussing incident reporting to an experienced staff of counselors, for example, is going to be different than a similar discussion with

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Bully: A Documentary

February 24, 2012

We are eagerly awaiting Bully, a feature-length documentary from The Weinstein Company due to hit select theaters on March 30th.

Official word on the project: "BULLY tells the remarkable stories of five brave families that will challenge viewers to move from shock and resignation about bullying to action, transforming schools and communities into places where empathy and respect are valued and bullying is unacceptable. The film's powerful stories offer youth, parents, and educators

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Facebook Subscribe: The Safest Way to Interact with Minors?

October 17, 2011

As we've stated time after time, we feel strongly that online contact with minors should be extremely limited. As someone that does online marketing and social networking for a living, I understand better than most how these social media restrictions can be frustrating for youth-focused organizations like summer camps, youth sports programs, Boys & Girls Clubs, and schools. The interactive communication between activity programmers and children can be an incredible outreach tool, but the fact of the matter is

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Beware of the Blood Suckers

September 12, 2011

What would you say if I told you thousands of sharp-toothed creatures with an unquenchable appetite for your blood are making a mass exodus from wooded forests straight to your home? You might tell me to put down the Twilight books or stop watching HBO's True Blood. You might also suggest that I promptly take the tin foil off of my head. Or... you might recognize that I haven't completely lost my mind and that my warning does, in fact, have some teeth behind it.

No, we're not talking about vampires, we're talking about

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Time to Referee The Choking Game

August 24, 2011

With school getting ready to start back up for kids across the country, now seems like a good time to readdress a very scary trend with adolescents and young adults. Almost two years ago we published a safety article on The Choking "Game", an activity kids engage in that cuts oxygen off to the brain. The lack of oxygen causes the participant to feel a temporary high and dizziness. Unfortunately, many children often

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When Not to Quit: Man Revived After 96 Minutes

August 22, 2011

Performing CPR in a life-or-death situation is mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting. I hope this incredible story about a man who was successfully revived - with no resulting brain damage - after 96 minutes provides the extra burst of strength and motivation you may need the next time someone's life is in your hands. While the article primarily focuses on

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Don't Be Facebook Friends with Children

July 15, 2011

The British Medical Association (BMA) recently released a report titled "Using Social Media: Practical and Ethical Guidance for Doctors and Medical Students." Generally speaking, the audience of CultureOfSafety.com doesn't typically include medical professionals, so you may be wondering why we are sharing this resource with you. Well... this report aligns closely with many of the recommendations we've been making in our Social Media Best Practices Guide and a previous blog post about enforcing unpopular policies, but goes a step further and introduces

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