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Protect yourself and your family from the sun

Summer officially begins with the Summer Solstice on June 20 at 11:24pm CDT. Many people look forward to summer for its warm temperatures and abundant outdoor activities. The physical exercise and vitamin D from sun exposure are great for our bodies, but the ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and skin cancer.

While the statistics about skin cancer are staggering, there’s a silver lining. Taking the right precautions can greatly reduce the chance of developing skin cancer. Some simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family include selecting and properly applying the right sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses, and limiting direct exposure to sun.

To learn more, check out these great resources.

Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) – Sun Safety

U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) - Tips to Stay Safe in Sun: From Sunscreen to Sunglasses

American Academy of Dermatology - Sunscreen FAQs

KidsHealth – Sun Safety

American Cancer Society – Sun Safety Quiz

Skin Cancer Foundation - Skin Cancer Facts & Statistics


West Bend promotes safe teen driving

Teen drivers often don’t possess the experience and maturity to keep themselves and others safe when they’re behind the wheel. West Bend is committed to helping teenagers develop the knowledge, skills, and responsibility needed to operate a motor vehicle safely. Here are just a few of the ways West Bend is supporting teen drivers and their parents.

On Friday, June 2, West Bend teamed up with the Brewers at Miller Park to host a special pre-game event. Representatives from West Bend handed out tire gauges and our Beginning Teen Drivers Guide and encouraged teen drivers and their parents to sign a driving contract. Teen drivers who visited the booth had the opportunity to enter to win Brewers’ tickets and driving safety classes at Road America.

West Bend proudly sponsors Road America’s Teen Driving School. This program goes beyond typical drivers’ education by putting participants in common emergency situations while in a safe, controlled, off-street environment. Participants practice collision avoidance techniques that include emergency lane changes, braking, skid control, and a variety of other fundamental car control drills.

Jim Schwalen, vice president of Personal Lines and Marketing recently wrote about safe summer driving with a special focus on teen drivers.



Stay safe this Fourth of July

Each year, children and adults alike look forward to celebrating the Fourth of July with parades, picnics, and fireworks. While fireworks are fun and exciting, they’re also very dangerous. Enjoy the holiday and keep yourself and your family safe this year by leaving the fireworks to trained professionals.

Attending a fireworks display in your community, rather than hosting your own, is the best way you can enjoy the thrill of fireworks safely. If you do choose to buy and light fireworks, please:

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Read and follow label directions.
  • Don’t allow children to touch fireworks of any kind, including sparklers, as they burn at temperatures of 1,200-2,000°F.
  • Don’t use fireworks while drinking alcohol or using other drugs.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Have a bucket of water and a hose nearby.
  • Don’t attempt to re-light a "dud" firework. Instead, wait 15 to 20 minutes, then soak it in a bucket of water and throw it away.

Here’s a more complete list of fireworks safety tips from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

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