First Aid

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What to do if an adult is choking

A woman is giving back blows to a man that is choking

Now that some COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in your area, you might be thinking about indulging yourself with delicious dinner at your favourite restaurant. But would you know how to react if your dining companions’ airway became blocked?

A woman is giving back blows to a man that is choking

Tribal Council in Saskatchewan trains local first responders

Two men standing outside a building by a kit full of supplies to help in emergency response

First responders have advanced first aid training which allows them to stabilize a patient until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. In rural and remote communities where EMS can be hours away, having local first responders on the scene can mean the difference between life and death.

Two men standing outside a building by a kit full of supplies to help in emergency response

Retired CPR instructor’s speedy response gives neighbour second chance at life

Heather sitting with a baby in her lap and two small dogs beside her

Enjoying the gentle busyness retirement has to offer, Heather Dewar, former CPR instructor of more than 25 years, went about her day like any other. Then, when her neighbour collapsed, Heather’s years of experience told her exactly what she needed to do next.

Heather sitting with a baby in her lap and two small dogs beside her

First Aid Basics: It’s made for you

A man in a red vest is showing how CPR is done, on a mannequin, with a small crowd of people around him watching.

Some of our first aid courses can be long in order to provide certification meeting legislation requirements - but there is also First Aid Basics. If you’re a new parent, want to build confidence in responding to emergencies, or want to refresh and update your first aid skills, this course provides practical knowledge in the basics of first aid in 2 to 2.5 hours.

A man in a red vest is showing how CPR is done, on a mannequin, with a small crowd of people around him watching.

First Aid practice prepares six-year-old for life-threatening emergency

A little girl smiling while holding a teddy bear and an award

Six-year-old Jaycee Berezowski received the Red Cross Rescuer Award recently; her life-saving actions show how crucial practice can be in a crisis.
Jaycee’s mom, Jenine, had all her wisdom teeth removed. She was taking pain medication and after a couple of days with no ill effects, Jenine’s boyfriend returned to work, leaving Jenine to rest and recover with her daughter, Jaycee.

A little girl smiling while holding a teddy bear and an award

Teaching kids how to act in emergencies

A girl sits on the floor in a home setting and looks at a mobile phone in her hands. Credit: bruce mars / unsplash.com

When six-year-old Jaycee's mom became unconscious, Jaycee knew how to call 911 for help. Her story shows how real-world scenarios often call on children to respond to challenges. Here’s how to help them be ready like Jaycee.

A girl sits on the floor in a home setting and looks at a mobile phone in her hands. Credit: bruce mars / unsplash.com

Moving day: Tips to avoid injuries on the big day

A black and brown dog sitting in a cardboard box

Are you currently packing boxes for a fast approaching move? Having lived through my own move recently believing I was prepared for any contingency, and after a few minor injuries, I compiled a few tips so you can avoid injuries when the day comes.

A black and brown dog sitting in a cardboard box

Getting organized to move: Where do you start?

A fluffy white cat sitting in a cardboard box

Having been through a move recently myself believing I was prepared for any contingency, I still wished I had read the Moving for Dummies guide first! After a few (minor) injuries and several ups and downs, here are a few hard won bits of advice to help you prepare for your move.

A fluffy white cat sitting in a cardboard box

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