Summer Heartbreak: Hot Cars and Kids

June 28, 2016

Every year, as the weather gets warmer, tragedies involving children and hot vehicles appear in the news. These stories are always so devastating. The fear felt by the child and the extreme guilt by the parent or caregiver is heartbreaking. Just in the last few weeks, there have been several examples from all over the country:

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VIDEO: Mother Leaves Child in Hot Van

August 05, 2015

We've addressed vehicular hyperthermia many times on this site, but, sadly, people continue to leave their young children and their pets in hot vehicles while they shop. This is totally unacceptable!

Eyewitness footage was recently released of a young child that was left in a minivan while the mother shopped at Costco. Inexplicably, it appears the mother took one of her children into the store but decided to leave

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Safety at the Y in 2014

April 10, 2015

West Bend Mutual Insurance Company works with more than 200 Y associations throughout the Midwest. Each year, these Ys submit hundreds of insurance claims to West Bend. This year, we conducted a thorough analysis of each of these claims and held a live online seminar for our customers to discuss the results. To help make other Ys (and similar organizations) safe for

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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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Say "Yes" to a Snow Removal Contractor this Winter

December 06, 2013

Winter is definitely here. Much of Minnesota is still digging out from over two feet of snow and half the country is bracing for crippling ice storms. Every year, at just about this time, the claims department at West Bend sees a drastic increase in the number of reported claims during the winter months. These claims are usually the result of

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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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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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Lollapalooza Nails It

August 06, 2012

For those not in the know... Lollapalooza is huge. Every year, thousands of people descend on Chicago to take in some of the music industry's biggest acts. This past weekend a record 270,000 peopled showed up to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath and Jack White perform.

I know that music can be a divisive issue, so I would never be so bold as to say that the Lollapalooza organizers "nailed" the line-ups. What I am confident in saying is that Lollapalooza absolutely nailed the implementation of their

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Lightning Strike Kills Two Soccer Players

July 16, 2012

Two soccer players in Houston were killed yesterday and another was injured after lightning struck a tree they were taking cover under. According to early reports, a soccer match was postponed because of an incoming storm so all of the players took cover under nearby trees.

On the same day in Canada a lightning strike injured 17 people at a festival. No body was seriously injured, but several people reported severe

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Lessons Learned from the Duluth Flood [Photos]

June 21, 2012

I've called Duluth, Minnesota "home" for the last two years. In that time I've experienced a burst water pipe, fallen tree branches and a lot of snow. In 1994, I made it through the 6.7 magnitude earthquake in Northridge, California, despite living just a few miles from the epicenter. In 2010, I witnessed first-hand the force of the floods that devastated Nashville, Tennessee and dumped more than five feet of water on my mom's home. And for the last four years I've worked for an insurance company that's

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