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:…continue reading the rest of Summer Heartbreak: Hot Cars and Kids
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…continue reading the rest of VIDEO: Mother Leaves Child in Hot Van
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…continue reading the rest of Safety at the Y in 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…continue reading the rest of Look Before You Lock!
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…continue reading the rest of Say "Yes" to a Snow Removal Contractor this Winter
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…continue reading the rest of Two Kids Dead Because of Extreme Heat and Neglect
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…continue reading the rest of Fighting Dehydration with a Water Monster
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…continue reading the rest of Lollapalooza Nails It
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…continue reading the rest of Lightning Strike Kills Two Soccer Players
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…continue reading the rest of Lessons Learned from the Duluth Flood [Photos]