First aid saves lives
September 14th, 2013, is World First Aid Day, an annual campaign to promote the importance of first aid training in preventing injuries and saving lives.
Recent polling by the Red Cross shows that nearly 40 per cent of Canadians say they have been in an emergency situation where they have had to perform first aid; however, only 18 per cent are currently certified. This World First Aid Day, the Canadian Red Cross is calling on all Canadians to ensure they have the skills needed to save lives when an emergency happens.
First aid training provides more than the knowledge and skills to effectively respond – it also provides the confidence to act when needed. Red Cross First Aid offers a wide variety of first aid and CPR training courses, empowering Canadians to act on, prevent, and manage life’s emergencies.
Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for Canadians between the ages of one and 44. Having the skills to act immediately in an emergency situation can help save lives and reduce the impact of injury, but the knowledge also helps prevent injuries in the first place.