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February is American Heart Month

On December 30, 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Proclamation 3566 recognizing February 1964 as American Heart Month. Since then, the month-long observance each February has been an opportunity to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease (CVD) and promote heart healthy lifestyles.

The American Heart Association® shares some staggering and eye-opening statistics about CVD:

  • CVD, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading global cause of death with more than 17.9 million deaths each year.
  • On average, someone has died of CVD every 38 seconds. That’s about 2,300 deaths each day.
  • In 2017, approximately one of every three deaths in the United States listed CVD as the underlying cause of death.
  • About 92.1 million American adults are living with some form of CVD or the after-effects of stroke.

Million Hearts® urges people to take control of their heart health with these five steps.

  • Find time to be active.
  • Make healthy eating a habit.
  • Quit tobacco – for good.
  • Know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers.
  • Stick to the ‘script (prescription medications).

Click here for more about these steps and other great resources to help you understand and manage your heart health.


Battery safety tips

In today’s world, batteries are everywhere. They power our phones, remote controls, cameras, toys, hearing aids, and so much more. Many of us don’t give much thought to these commonplace items, but it’s important to be aware of the risks associated with batteries. Proper use and storage of batteries can protect you and your loved ones.

One type of battery especially dangerous for children is known as the button battery. These small, round batteries are used in watches, key fobs, musical cards and books, lighted jewelry and decorations, and many more items found in our homes. Inquisitive kids who have gotten their hands on these batteries have put them in their mouths, ears, and noses, and have attempted to take them apart.

According to the National Capital Poison Center, 3,240 battery ingestions were reported to the National Poison Data System in 2017. From July 2014 to June 2016, the top-three intended uses of ingested batteries were hearing aids (25.1%), games/toys (18.2%), and lights (14.3%). Visit their site for safety tips and more statistics on button battery ingestions.

Then check out these additional resources for battery safety.

American Academy of Pediatrics – Button Battery Injuries in Children: A Growing Risk

Safe Kids Worldwide – Button Battery Safety Tips

Energizer – Proper disposal, storage, care, and handling of your batteries


West Bend is an expert on apartments, condos, townhomes

Do you own or operate an apartment, condo, or townhome building or complex? If so, West Bend could have just the right insurance program for you.

At West Bend, we’re proud of our broad base of knowledge when it comes to understanding commercial risks. In fact, we’ve probably written every class of business at one time or another.

Over the years, however, we’ve developed extensive expertise of certain risks and the skills needed to underwrite them. Because of this, West Bend has become competitive in writing these classes. More importantly, our underwriters know and understand what coverages are necessary to protect apartments, condominiums, and townhomes that are either individual buildings or complexes with multiple buildings.

So if you own or operate an apartment, condo, or townhome building or complex, talk to a West Bend independent insurance agent to see what we can do to provide your business with the comprehensive coverages your business needs. Find an agent here.

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