As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep through the country at an alarming rate, more businesses and individuals are financially impacted. To provide you with current and accurate information, West Bend has created a COVID-19 resource page with links to resources from such entities as the Small Business Administration, state departments of insurance, and state departments of commerce. We’ll continue to add appropriate resources as they become available.
Government experts have emphasized the importance and urgency of social distancing in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus and reduce the stress on the healthcare system. For the sake of our associates’ health, West Bend has asked all employees who can work from home to do so. Please rest assured that our customers remain a top priority and we will continue to provide the service you deserve and have come to expect from West Bend. Our experienced and knowledgeable associates are standing by to take your calls if you have a claim or need help with your invoice or policy.
And don’t forget customer service is just click away with the West Bend Mobile App and customer website.
September is Healthy Aging Month. Celebrated annually for more than 25 years, this observance emphasizes the positive aspects of growing older. Focused on adults 45 years old and older, the mission is, “to encourage local level Healthy Aging events that promote taking personal responsibility for one’s health … be it physically, socially, mentally, or financially.”
Now, probably more than any other time since this celebration was created in 1992, physical, social, mental, and financial health concerns are at the forefront for many Americans. As a result, organizers of this year’s observance stress that it’s more important than ever to follow a healthy lifestyle, remain positive, be passionate about life, and look forward to better days ahead.
Under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s observance has shifted away from community-based events and focuses on ways to remain healthy and vibrant in a more virtual world. Check out these 10 tips for healthy aging, including suggestions for diet and nutrition, physical fitness, mental wellness, and social wellness.
Whether you’re using a ladder while working on projects around the home, or to complete tasks at work, it’s always important to do so safely. Falls, including those from ladders, are far more common and dangerous than you might think. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), in 2018:
· Falls were the third-leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths, behind only poisoning and motor vehicle accidents.
· 37,455 people died from falls at home or work. This accounts for 22% of all preventable injury-related deaths.
· Falls were the top cause of nonfatal injuries, accounting for 32% of preventable nonfatal injuries.
· There were 8,173,139 nonfatal fall-related injuries.
· The lifetime odds of dying as the result of a fall were 1 in 111.
The American Ladder Institute (ALI) is a great source of information regarding ladder safety at home and at work. Ladders 101 provides comprehensive information on choosing the right ladder, as well as ladder varieties and proper use and care. ALI also has information on basic ladder safety, training videos, OSHA regulations, and more.
Also, check out our blog about Ladder Safety in the Workplace.