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Entries in safety (6)


How to Keep Kids Safe at Your Club

There are many reasons to offer kids fitness programs and child care within your club. However, it’s important that you and your staff are well prepared for the risks associated with developing these types of programs. The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that, every year, about 3.5 million children under the age of 14 are injured while playing sports or participating in other recreational activities. Even though many of these injuries occur outside of a club setting, it is crucial to be aware of the unique safety and legal issues you could face when working with children.

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How Should You Respond to a Case of Meningitis at Your Gym?

Recently, SoulCycle found themselves wondering the same thing. Earlier this month, a SoulCycle rider died of bacterial meningitis at a location in northern California.

Here’s what you need to know about meningitis and how you can take action to make sure an outbreak is handled properly. 

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And The Worst Gym Fail of All Time Is...

This is a Club Business Exchange featured post, brought to you by K&K Insurance.

If you've ever watched "gym fails" on YouTube you've seen some of the ridiculous, unfortunate things people do with fitness equipment. Imagine them doing something like that at your health club. 

It’s almost inevitable. As much effort as you put into safeguarding every inch of your club, humans are going to be humans. It would seem that mishandling gym equipment is epidemic, especially with CrossFit popularizing Olympic lifts, kettlebells, and other advanced training techniques. 

Statistics back this up. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, injuries caused by exercise and exercise equipment increased to almost 45% from 2007 to 2010. That’s a ton of liability exposure to health club operators, who also have to worry about the usual slip-and-falls and other routine concerns of business owners. If you’re not protected, you could lose it all. One person’s clickbait is another person’s business catastrophe. 

How to Lose Your Club in One Easy Step 

There’s an army of personal injury attorneys ready to take advantage of that tumble off the treadmill. Go ahead, Google “accidents in health clubs” and meet them. The threat is real. The worst gym fail of all is not protecting yourself from gym fails. 

Obviously, health club operators are uniquely vulnerable. What may not be obvious is that you can get coverage specifically designed for the unique needs of your gym. 

Insuring health clubs is a specialized service not well-suited to routine risk-assessment of your standard, everyday company, but that’s where K&K Insurance is most comfortable. Located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, K&K has been covering health clubs for almost as long as the health club industry has existed. The company was founded more than 60 years ago by husband and wife Nord and Teddi Krauskopf, motorsports enthusiasts who discovered that it was nearly impossible to get insurance for their hobby. So they decided to create a company that could cover those considered to be engaged in high-risk activities. 

Eventually, the company moved into other leisure sporting pursuits, which naturally led to K&K creating insurance products for the health club industry. Today, the company is considered the leading provider of sports, leisure, and entertainment insurance for everything from campgrounds to martial artists. And, yes, they still cover motorsports. 

To learn more about K&K Insurance and their products for health clubs, visit With the right coverage comes peace of mind. And shouldn’t health club operators be able to laugh at gym fail videos like the rest of us? IHRSA 2016 attendees in Orlando are invited to visit K&K Insurance at Booth #1400 on March 22-23.


6 Winter Weather Safety Risks for Health Clubs

January and February are busy months for health clubs, but the increase in member traffic makes it even more important to keep a close eye on cold weather safety measures.

To help you keep your members and facilities safe, Philadelphia Insurance, an IHRSA Group Purchasing supplier, created a list of six winter safety considerations that should be top-of-mind over the next few months.

1. Freeze Prevention

Cold weather freeze-ups can damage or place vital fire protection systems out of service. Past losses include a single freezing-wind and snow storm which caused $880 million of property damage in 41 states. 

If inspections and preventive maintenance are not performed on your automatic sprinkler system, cold weather may result in sprinkler pipe breakage, major water damage, and an impaired automatic sprinkler system. A preventive maintenance program should be ongoing; however, it is particularly crucial during cold weather where there is a need for "winterizing" automatic sprinkler systems.  View resources on freeze prevention, including a video, check lists, and educational material, on

2. Slips, Trips, and Falls

 While some local ordinances may allow for up to 24 hours for snow and ice to be removed from sidewalks, organizations should operate with best practices in mind, rather than minimum legal requirements. If your employees, clients, and visitors need and expect a safe walking surface, the best practice is to accomplish this as soon as reasonably possible. Moreover, compliance with a local ordinance does not fully protect your organization from slip, trip, and fall liability.  For additional assistance on snow removal logs and slip, trip, and fall prevention, visit

3. Sauna Safety

Sauna usage increases as the weather temperatures decrease, therefore paying closer attention to your sauna maintenance schedule can play a huge role in preventing damage or injury.  Sauna fires are a leading cause of fire damage in health and fitness clubs, as well as occupancies such as hotels which provide saunas for their guests. These types of fires present both a property and liability exposure and have been on the rise in the past several years.   

Have a formal inspection program of the facility that includes staff walkthroughs of the locker room sauna areas every 30 minutes. The inspection should ensure that no combustible materials left in the sauna area such as towels or newspapers and that the sauna timer is off when not in use and the heater guard is operational and not blocked. Ensure that your fire sprinkler system is maintained on a regular basis and consider adding a high temperature sprinkler head into your sauna if it does not currently have fire sprinkler protection.

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The Legal Issues in Locker Room Privacy and Safety

The locker room is a central feature in most health clubs, offering members a convenient place to shower and dress, and somewhere to store their belongings during a workout. But locker rooms are also host to some of the most sensitive legal issues facing clubs, namely personal privacy and security. However, good locker room design and clear policies can prevent potentially heated issues.   

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Safety first

Some clubs can see more than 50,000 or so member visits per month. That is many, many opportunities for injuries or mishaps. Anything from slips and falls to cuts to strains to even catastrophic consequences can happen once someone steps through your doors.

We talked to a few club owners and management about what they do to safeguard their facility and hope to ensure their members' well-being.

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