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Safety Considerations for a Summer Favorite … Parks and Outdoor Play Things.

May 26th, 2017

Here in Minnesota, we really take advantage of beautiful outdoor weather. If it’s warm and sunny outside, you will see people outside in masses! This applies to parks and backyard swing sets. After a winter cooped up inside with little ones, we take them outside to get their wiggles out. Depending on your children’s ages,…Read More

Setting Your Childcare Program Apart

May 25th, 2017

As a childcare center, you have a lot of competition. There are in-home centers, commercial daycare centers, preschools, Montessori-style schools, and more. Of course, there’s a place in the market for each of these kind of settings. Different parents want different things for their kids. But how do you really set yourself apart? How do…Read More

Safety Guide for Volunteer Coaches

May 19th, 2017

Summer … a time to be outside, active, and free! Many children play summer sports, including young kids in recreation leagues. Many of these recreation league coaches are volunteers, often a parent of one of the athletes. Usually, these parents have some knowledge of the sport, but not of coaching specifically. Sometimes, there is very…Read More

Door-Related Finger Injuries

May 18th, 2017

Unfortunately, we have had claims around a door-related finger injury more than once. Even with proper supervision, this type of injury can happen quickly to a child. From an article posted by West Bend, we learn that “The National Safety Council reports that more than 300,000 door-related injuries requiring emergency room treatment take place each year….Read More

Knob and Tube Wiring

May 16th, 2017

If you watch any sort of home-improvement show (self-proclaimed HGTV addict here!), you’ve heard the term “knob and tube wiring”. This type of wiring can be found in older homes, if they haven’t been updated. This type of wiring served its purpose back in the day when the only real electrical needs were lighting. But,…Read More

Fire Threat – Dehumidifiers

May 12th, 2017

Many homeowners use a dehumidifier in the spring/summer, especially those who live in climates with lots of rain or humidity. Just like any appliance, there are safety considerations to think about before and when using. West Bend posted an article about the fire danger of dehumidifiers, and included a link to brands/models under a recall….Read More

Protecting Your Identity and Belongings While Traveling

May 11th, 2017

Are you planning any summer travel? It’s a popular time to leave town, whether to the cabin or somewhere grand like a European vacation. As you pack your suitcase and toiletries, consider these important tips for protecting your identity and belongings. This article, from West Bend, includes a handy infographic that just might point out…Read More

The Dangers of Texting While Driving

April 25th, 2017

Would you ever drive the length of a football field at 55 mph blindfolded? Well that’s essentially what you’re doing when texting while driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting behind the wheel takes a driver’s eye off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, which is the time it takes…Read More

Protecting Against Phishing Attacks

April 21st, 2017

“Email inherently carries an element of urgency, and the fraudsters prey on our desire to respond quickly, especially to emails from the boss.” This article from The Hartford (quoted above) explains what a phishing scam is, and outlines some ways to help prevent. Interested in learning more about CyberSecurity insurance options? Give us a call at…Read More

Taking Time Off as a Childcare Provider

April 20th, 2017

Many people who work in a more traditional business setting receive a set number of vacation and sick days per year. But what do you do if you are a self-employed childcare provider? And, more specifically, if you are the only provider for your school/center? Taking time off can be tricky, as parents need to…Read More

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