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Annie Speaks: Top Tips on How To Get a First Aid Certificate

By Safe + Sound | July 25, 2022

Student: Dear Annie, I’ve signed up for a first aid class, but I’m nervous. Can you give me some tips on how to pass my course? Annie: You’ve already done the hard part by registering and paying for the class! Here are some tips to help you complete your training successfully. Register for the right class…

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New SIDS Study Suggests Reason Infants Die In Sleep

By Safe + Sound | May 17, 2022

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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AED’s: We Can Save More Lives With Easy Access and Training

By Safe + Sound | January 25, 2022

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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The Four Best Ways to Deal With Stroke FAST

By Safe + Sound | October 28, 2021

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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Three Good Reasons Your 11-15-Year-Old Child Needs Babysitting Training

By Safe + Sound | October 14, 2021

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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Canadian Red Cross Stay Safe! Virtual Training – Frequently Asked Questions 

By Safe + Sound | June 15, 2021

Stay Safe! Training, also referred to as Online Stay Safe! Training or Home Alone Training has become very popular during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Canadian Red Cross developed the virtual home alone safety course as a response to concerns from parents about children attending in-person group classes. The course offers basic first aid and safety…

Opioid Overdose: Four Things We Can Do Today to Stop Senseless Deaths

By Safe + Sound | April 22, 2021

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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WorkSafeBC Accepts Red Cross Blended Standard First Aid as OFA Level 1 Equivalent

By Safe + Sound | March 16, 2021

Did you know WorkSafeBC accepts Canadian Red Cross Blended Standard First Aid as OFA Level 1 equivalent? How does Blended Standard First Aid benefit employers? Instead of employees taking two full days off work to attend a classroom-based course, they are now out of the workplace for a single day. This reduces the need for…

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Online Babysitting Training – Frequently Asked Questions

By Safe + Sound | January 27, 2021

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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A Shocking Experience Taught Me a Valuable Safety Lesson

By Safe + Sound | September 17, 2020

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…