Baby feet resting in adult hand

The new SIDS study leaves experts hopeful, but they advise caution when interpreting results “I found my little grandson lying dead in his crib.” I’ve listened to many sad and shocking stories over my 23 years running a Red Cross first aid training agency. Emotional accounts of an infant lost to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome…

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Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in red and white wall cabinet

Why people need to support PAD (Public Access Defibrillation) programs in our communities.   Your head hits the cold sidewalk with a sickening thud, and thoughts flash briefly across your mind, Am I dying? Will somebody save me? It’s a cold winter morning. You’re on your way to work feeling nervous, shaky and slightly nauseous.…

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Side view outline of human head and neck with bright electrical streak running from top of head down neck.

Learn them now and practice with a friend — you may save a life one day   Globally, 1 in 4 adults over the age of 25 will have a stroke in their lifetime. Over 13 million people will have a stroke each year and around 5.5 million people will die as a result. After a stroke, 1.9…

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small child escaping out of a window

1. Babysitting young children is an enormous responsibility. When a child becomes a babysitter, they need to understand that when they look after a baby or young child, they have another person’s life in their hands. Little ones are vulnerable, unpredictable and accident-prone, and a babysitter cannot afford to let their guard down for a…

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While experts work on long-term solutions to the opioid epidemic, the rest of us can take action now to save lives.   The world is struggling with two major health emergencies: COVID-19 and the opioid epidemic. While COVID-19 is constantly in our thoughts, the opioid epidemic may not be top of mind for most. But,…

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child in red cross babysitting class

Virtual Babysitting Training, also referred to as Online Babysitting Training has become very popular during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian Red Cross developed the Virtual Babysitting course as a response to concerns from parents about children attending in-person group classes. Red Cross Babysitting Training includes basic first aid and caregiving skills for youth aged 11–15…

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Electrical sparks on dark background

When I got up that morning, I wasn’t expecting to wind up electrocuted and left for dead. The consequences of a careless mistake taught me a valuable safety lesson, and by sharing it with others, I hope to save some lives.   Everything seemed to be going smoothly that fateful day until I heard, Zzzt…

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injured worker lying slumped against wall with person giving first aid.

BC employers will be happy with a recent announcement from the Canadian Red Cross. Effective June 15, 2020, WorkSafeBC accepts Canadian Red Cross Blended Emergency First Aid as OFA Level 1 equivalent. What is Emergency First Aid? Emergency First Aid is a Canadian Red Cross training course that includes essential lifesaving first aid and CPR…

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