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What to do if a baby is choking?

You have just expanded your family and the youngest is less than a year old. One minute, you hear him chirping and then suddenly, he is choking on some random object lying around.

 

Before jetting off to feel the sand between your toes

After the bitterly cold weeks and multiple storms we have had this year, many of you will be heading for sunnier climes in the coming weeks. Before you stretch out on a lounge chair to catch some rays, here are a few tips for a safer trip.

"Don't break a leg!" What to do in the event of sprains, strains and fractures

With the Olympics in full swing, your favourite daredevil may feel inspired to try out some winter activities. So here is a little first aid reminder to be better prepared if that daredevil becomes the victim of a mishap. 

Beware of the silent killer: how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Every year, hundreds of people are affected by carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be fatal. 
Last winter, 49 people were hospitalized and two people died due to carbon monoxide poisoning following the ice storm in New Brunswick. 

Ice safety: If you go on the ice, prepare to go through it

Knowledge, equipment, and skill. Those are the three things that can help you stay safe on the ice and survive if you fall through it. That’s according to Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, who operates the Laboratory for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at the University of Manitoba and was the keynote speaker at the 8th Annual Red Cross Alberta Water Safety Conference in Calgary.

​What to do if you think someone is having a heart attack

When everyday health emergencies occur, we can sometimes feel overwhelmed in the moment – but it’s important to be prepared in order to spring into action to save a life.  In our recent ‘What To Do If’ series, we discussed what to do if someone is experiencing a panic attack; now we’re taking a look at what to do if someone around you appears to be having a heart attack.

Silver lining: Blizzard creates an opportunity to build connections and community in Nunavut

When a blizzard left some Red Crossers stranded in Nunavut, they decided to use it as an opportunity instead and ended up offering a psychological first aid course in their hotel for their fellow stranded travellers and whoever was interested. 

10 must-have gift ideas from the Red Cross

Now that you are looking to find the perfect Christmas gifts for your loved ones, have you thought about visiting the Red Cross eShop?

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