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

The course offers basic first aid and safety skills for youth aged 9-13 years. Participants learn about being safe when they are without the direct supervision of a parent or guardian or trusted adult. Whether in their community or on their own, participants will be given better tools to Stay Safe! in a variety of different situations.

Frequently asked questions about Canadian Red Cross Stay Safe! Virtual Training


Q: How old do you have to be to take a Canadian Red Cross Virtual Stay Safe! course?

A: Participants must be 9 years of age or older (or must have completed Grade 3). The course is designed for children aged 9-13 years.


Q: Are there any other online safety courses children age 9 and up can take?

A: Children aged 9-13 can take our Home Alone Safety for Kids online course.


Course fees

Q: How much does a Canadian Red Cross Stay Safe! Virtual course cost?

A: You can find course information and current pricing here


Course length and timing

Q: How long is a Canadian Red Cross Virtual Stay Safe! course?

A: A Canadian Red Cross Virtual Stay Safe! course is 5 hours long including breaks.


Qualifications and certification

Q: What are the qualifications of a Canadian Red Cross Virtual Stay Safe! course instructor?

A: Canadian Red Cross Virtual Stay Safe! course instructors are certified Red Cross Youth Leaders.


Q: Will my child get a certificate when they’ve taken their Canadian Red Cross Virtual Stay Safe! course?

A: Yes. Children receive a Canadian Red Cross Virtual Stay Safe! course participation certification by email, on completion of the class.


Q: When my child has taken a Canadian Red Cross Virtual Stay Safe! course, will they be qualified to babysit?

A: Your child will gain useful skills and safety knowledge on the Stay Safe! course. After the class, they will be more prepared and confident to stay home alone. Children don’t need a qualification to babysit. However, before they start babysitting, we recommend they take the Canadian Red Cross Babysitting course.  Whether or not a child is ready to take on the responsibility of babysitting is left to the discretion of the child’s parent or guardian.


Group Size

Q: How many participants are there in a Canadian Red Cross Virtual Stay Safe! class?

A: The Canadian Red Cross allows a maximum of 15 children in a Virtual Stay Safe! class.


Course Topics

Q: What topics are included in a Canadian Red Cross Virtual Stay Safe! course?

A: During a Canadian Red Cross Virtual Stay Safe! course children learn:

  • Importance of responsibility and respect while being accountable for yourself
  • Importance of setting and following rules around safety when staying on your own
  • How to stay safe at home and within the community
  • How to prepare, recognize and respond to unexpected situations, (i.e. inclement weather, strangers, unanticipated visits)

First Aid Content:

  • Check, Call, Care (includes phoning EMS/911),
  • Recovery position
  • Conscious choking (adult/child/alone)
  • Feeling unwell,
  • Asthma (includes use of inhaler and spacer)
  • Anaphylaxis (includes use of EpiPen), poisoning, insect stings
  • Wound care (i.e. minor cuts and scrapes, splinters, nosebleeds, bumps and bruises, life-threatening bleeding, burns)

Private Group

Q: Can I book a private Canadian Red Cross Stay Safe! Virtual course for my group?

A: Yes. If you have 8-15 children aged 9-13 years, you can book a private Stay Safe! class for your group.


Course Materials

Q: What materials will I need to provide for my child for use during a Canadian Red Cross Virtual Stay Safe! class?

A: When you register your child for the class, you will receive an email confirmation with course details including what your child needs to have with them during the training. Your child will also receive a Candian Red Cross Stay Safe! book in the mail. Here is a list of some of the items you may be asked to provide:

  • Doll or stuffed animal, to practice baby care – holding, carrying, burping, feeding, comforting
  • Triangular bandage or clean tea towel, to practice bandaging life-threatening external bleeding
  • Pair of disposable gloves or any gloves available in the home, to practice safe glove removal
  • Thick marker pen or something that looks similar, to practice using an EpiPen
  • Pen and paper for note-taking
  • Water bottle

There is no need to buy any of the above items. Children are encouraged to improvise with things they can find around the home.

Q: Will my child get a Canadian Red Cross Stay Safe! book with their course?

A: Yes. Red Cross Stay Safe! course students receive a copy of the Stay Safe! book in the mail. If they register at least a week before the class, they should get their book before their class. If they register later, they will receive their book along with their certificate after the class.


Technical Info

Q: Do participants have to set up their own Zoom account to take a Canadian Red Cross Virtual Stay Safe! course?

A: Participants are not required to have their own Zoom account to participate in a Canadian Red Cross Virtual Stay Safe! course. We will email a link to each participant before the class. Participants do need to have access to a computer with a webcam and microphone. Participants must be visible on screen for the duration of the class except during breaks.


Legal Questions

Q: What is the legal age for leaving children unsupervised in Canada?

A: This is a difficult question as the guidelines vary in different provinces. For example, in British Columbia, there is no legislated minimum age for leaving a child alone for a short period. However, according to a B.C. Supreme Court decision, children under the age of 10 should not be left unsupervised at home.

This is a complicated issue and the guidelines are unclear. Canadian social services organizations advise that children under 12 years should not be left at home alone. Please refer to this article from the Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal: Legal Age for Leaving Children Unsupervised Across Canada.


Q: What is the legal age to babysit in Canada?

A: There is no age specified by law for babysitting in Canada. It is a matter of the parent determining if a child is responsible enough to provide a safe environment for the younger children in their care. Canadian social services organizations advise that children under 12 years should not be left at home alone.


Course Registration

Q: How can I register my child in a Canadian Red Cross Virtual Stay Safe! course?

A: You can find information, a schedule and online registration for Virtual Stay Safe! classes here.

We look forward to meeting your child and their friends soon!


Electrical sparks on dark background

A Shocking Experience Taught Me a Valuable Safety Lesson

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 zzzt zzzt — and a man shouting at me,

“Lie down on the ground! Don’t move!”

“What happened?” I asked.

“You touched a cable, and you’ve been electrocuted,” he replied. Keep still.

I lay on the ground — shocked.


An emergency scene

As I looked around, it became apparent a bus had crashed, and there were multiple casualties. I listened to the cries of the injured passengers while bystanders asked questions in urgent voices,

“Did you see what happened?”

“Where are you hurt?”

“Did you hit your head?”

“You — in the blue shirt, call 911 and report back to me”.

Utter chaos.


Helpless and frustrated

Most unbearable was being unable to help. From my horizontal position, I assessed the scene and thought about everything I could be doing for the injured people around me.

I’d been trained in first aid, but because I’d forgotten to check for danger before rushing to help, I’d become a casualty and was now useless. Silently, I coached the helpers as they gave CPR, bandaged wounds, and supported broken limbs.

Finally, the man who told me I’d been electrocuted called a stop to the proceedings.

“So,” he said, chin down, eyebrows raised, wide eyes looking pointedly at me. “What have we all learned from this exercise?” Cringing with embarrassment, I slowly raised my hand.


First aid scenario

It was the end of a two-day Red Cross Standard First Aid & CPR class and time to put our new skills to the test. The instructor had split us into two groups and told my group to wait in the hallway. After a while, we’d be called in to deal with an emergency scene and would have to give first aid to any casualties we found.

The instructor set up the room with the other class members while we waited nervously in the hallway. A few minutes later, he flung open the door with a look of panic. “Help! Quick! There’s been a terrible accident. People are injured!”


The crucial question

As instructed, before entering the room, I asked the question, “Is the scene safe?” The instructor paused before answering, “The scene appears — to be safe.” In hindsight, I should’ve listened more carefully to the emphasis he put on the word appears.

Hearts thumping, adrenaline pumping, my classmates and I rushed into the room and looked around. We saw injured people everywhere, moaning, groaning, crying, dying, pools of fake blood on the floor. I ran to a man lying on his back with his eyes closed. Kneeling beside him, I began to check for responsiveness, and that’s when I heard the ominous sound,

Zzzt zzzt zzzt

I looked up in confusion to find the instructor standing beside me. He told me I’d just been electrocuted and pointed to the floor by my casualty’s chest. I noticed I was kneeling on a wire trailing beneath the man’s body.


In my rush to save a life, I’d killed myself.


A humiliating moment and a powerful lesson

The instructor told me to lie quietly beside my casualty as I was now dead and unable to help him. I lay on the ground, humiliated, while the other students in my group saved their injured people. It was a humbling moment. Until that point, I’d felt pretty confident in the skills I’d learned during the course, but as I lay helpless beside my dying person, I knew I’d missed the most critical step.

I vowed NEVER to make the same mistake again.

Rushing around, not paying attention are common reasons people have accidents. That day, I learned a vital lesson. Whenever you go into a room or a new environment, always check for dangers.

Look up, down, all around. Is there something you could trip on, slip on? Is there fire, wire, gas, glass, drugs, or thugs?


Remember — If you’re killed or injured, you can’t help anyone.


I completed my training, became a Red Cross first aid instructor, and opened Safe + Sound First Aid Training (still going strong 21 years later). Over the years, I’ve taught hundreds of first aid & CPR courses and trained thousands of people. I’ve electrocuted many students in first aid scenarios. I hope it’s taught them the same valuable lesson I learned years ago. By sharing the story of my deadly mistake, I hope I’ve saved some lives.

First aid instructor in foreground with CPR manikins behind

Gill McCulloch, Owner, Safe + Sound First Aid Training Ltd.










Take a first aid course and learn to save a life.


Happy Holidays from Safe + Sound, and Thank You!

To our dedicated team of highly experienced instructors

We see and appreciate how much energy you put into your teaching and professional development. We love how you care for our clients with patience and kindness.

To the employers and agency case managers who have trusted us to train their staff and clients

We acknowledge you for seeing the value in safety training. We respect that you show your team members that you care about their safety by investing in first aid and mental health first aid training. Your workplace is safer because you give your people time off to take classes and learn first aid and safety skills. The families of your workers are confident that their loved ones will come home safely at the end of the day.

To our community champions and supporters, including the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce and its members

The Chamber is an organization that provides an excellent platform from which local businesses can network and learn while providing support and celebrating each other’s achievements. We appreciate all of the great friendships we have made with fellow business owners and also the referrals you send our way!

To our course attendees and all of the people who post good reviews about Safe + Sound

Thank you for your lovely positive feedback and for registering your family members on our courses. It makes us happy to know that you and your families are safer because of the skills you learn in our courses. We look forward to seeing you again when it’s time for a refresher.

Special thanks to the new immigrants and refugees

You have taken a leap of faith and courage to tackle a Red Cross class in a language that many of you are still learning, and we have the greatest admiration for you. We know how much a Red Cross certification means to you. We’ve seen your tears of joy and celebrated with you when you discover that you’ve passed your course. We know that you may be depending on this certification so that you can work and put food on the table for your families. We wish you happiness and success in your new life in Canada.

To everyone who is involved with Safe + Sound First Aid Training

Thank you for helping us to provide a much-needed service in our community. We appreciate you all very much and wish you a safe and happy time with your family and friends over the holidays.

Gill McCulloch, Director,
Safe + Sound First Aid Training Ltd.

workers providing first aid to injured co-worker

Why get staff trained in first aid?

There are more advantages than you might think.

Most conscientious employers have “Get staff trained in first aid” somewhere on their to-do list. How high up this item appears on the list may depend on their previous experience of accidents and injuries in the workplace or knowledge of the advantages of first aid training.

Safety Training Makes Sense

In workplaces, where employees have suffered severe injuries or death, employers have learned from bitter experience that safety should always be the number one priority. Think about it, if your staff members are trained to check for dangers and deal with hazards, there will be fewer accidents and injuries at your workplace and less downtime. Also, you’ll likely see a boost in morale as workers are happier and more productive if they feel like employers care about their safety.

What about the bottom line?

As well as the human suffering that often results from serious accidents, there will also be an impact on the bottom line. Employers often make decisions based on savings in time and money. If you’re asking yourself the question, “Will getting my staff trained in first aid save me time and money?” the answer is yes!

Don’t learn the hard way

Employers don’t have to learn about the advantages of safety and first aid training the hard way, though. All they need to do is be smart about safety training and practices and make arrangements for their staff to get trained through a recognized course provider.

Online or Classroom Training?

All employees need safety training. Workers can complete some of this online, but for first aid, you need to send your people to a classroom-based course. With first aid and CPR training, there is no substitute for getting hands-on experience working with a CPR mannequin, AED and other first aid equipment and supplies. In a classroom setting, participants get expert instruction and direct feedback from a certified instructor.

Use the Services of a recognized Training Provider

The Canadian Red Cross has been offering first aid and CPR training to Canadians for over 50 years and is one of the leading providers of first aid and CPR programs in Canada. Safe + Sound First Aid Training is proud to have been a Canadian Red Cross Training Partner since 1999. The Red Cross courses and certifications we offer are nationally recognized and accepted in BC by Child Care Licensing, Adult Care Licensing and WorkSafeBC.

Eight reasons to get your staff trained in first aid & CPR

  1. It saves lives!
  2. It will save you money. Less downtime = increased productivity.
  3. Your workers will be safer in and outside of the workplace.
  4. Employees will be able to act quickly, confidently and effectively in emergencies.
  5. Your worker safety and insurance board will be pleased with you.
  6. It’s a great team-building exercise.
  7. You’ll see an increase in morale; people like to work for employers who care about their safety.
  8. You’ll have one less thing on your “to-do” list, and maybe you’ll sleep better at night.

Group First Aid Training is Easy to Organize

Providing first aid and CPR training for employees is a smart, low-cost investment that helps ensure workplace health and safety. If you’re thinking about organizing first aid and CPR training in your workplace, please contact us, or complete our Group Training Form and we’ll be happy to help.

Gill McCulloch

Safe + Sound First Aid Training