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Tips for cold and flu season

I got a cold in September; early enough for others experiencing similar symptoms to question if it was their allergies but, as I don’t get allergies, I knew it was the dreaded cold. This one was with sinus congestion and a wicked, hacking cough. If you too think you’re welcoming in the colder weather with a, well, cold, here are some tips to follow to minimize its duration and spread to others.

Eight first aid tips for runners

Up until I discovered trail running about six months ago, I hated running. Of course, going downhill around roots and rocks increases your chances of tripping, but I love the challenge that this kind of intense concentration requires. Whether you run on pavement or far from civilization, here are a few first aid tips to keep you safe.

Calgary man uses his new first aid skills - on himself!

Last year, Robert Falconer went into anaphylactic shock. The experience inspired him to become trained in first aid. Shortly after he got his training, Robert needed to use those skills. 

First aid: How to respond to concussions or head injuries

Full disclosure: I play soccer and have seen my fair share of head injuries on the field and I feel fairly confident in what to do, but when it comes to my rambunctious and active toddler, I’m sometimes unsure if I need to be concerned about a bump to the head or when I can chalk it up to just another bruise that isn’t going to slow him down.

Electric shock drowning: what is it and how to prevent it

​Electric shock drowning is relatively new given the rise of power-driven docks in recent decades but its consequences can be severe; it’s important to consider safety when around water and electricity. Electric shock could happen when electric current leaks into the surrounding body of water, causing the water to become energized.

Myth busting: Should you really pee on a jellyfish sting?

Planning to go to the beach this summer? If you happen to cross paths with an angry jellyfish and you get stung, please know that there is no need to embarrass yourself by asking a friend to pee on your wound. 

Safety tips to treat and prevent sunburn

Kids can be great fun – highly entertaining in their vigour and love of life, especially as active as they are in these summer months. However, sunburned kids are no fun for anyone. If a child in your care gets sunburned, he or she will let his or her displeasure known so it’s best to prevent them. Overall, it’s best to prevent sunburn for anyone as its side effects and consequences can be serious.

Summer first aid: the bugs are back!

On a nice sunny day, a friend of mine was playing with her infant nephew at their cottage out in the woods. When the kid accidently hit a nest of wasps with the ball, the annoyed insects quickly launched a group attack on all the humans in the vicinity.

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