Posts by Safe + Sound

Basic Life Support (BLS) – 2019 Update and FAQ’s

Red Cross recently launched the Basic Life Support Program. Development of this course was driven by industry audiences and the need for a clear distinction from public (or lay) CPR courses. Health care provider audiences require a professional, skills-driven resuscitation course that recognizes requisite knowledge. BLS – Frequently asked questions Q. What is Basic Life…

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Babysitting in BC and Kids at Home Alone – FAQ’s

Safe + Sound has been running the Canadian Red Cross Babysitting program for 19 years in Coquitlam, BC. Here are some of the most common questions parents and caregivers ask us. Q: What is the legal age to babysit in BC? A: There’s no minimum legal age for when children can become babysitters in Canada.…

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How can employers reduce the impact of poor mental health in the workplace?

The link between stress, mental health and employee absence is well known; it remains a significant challenge for many Canadian employers. Poor mental health in the workplace has a negative impact on both physical and mental well-being of employees. The early signs of poor mental health can be seen when employees begin to experience physical…

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World First Aid Day – Sept 8 2018 – Why learn first aid?

The second Saturday in September is World First Aid Day. On this day we acknowledge the role of first aid awareness, training and practical application in making a real difference to people’s lives. A common misconception is ‘it won’t happen to me’. The truth is that thousands of Canadians die and millions are injured each…

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A man drowned at the beach on my daughter’s birthday.

A couple of years ago we were celebrating my daughter’s birthday at White Pines beach in Port Moody. A young man went missing in the lake, people started yelling and eventually the man was found under an inflatable raft. He was dragged onto the beach and paramedics performed CPR. The man was then airlifted to…

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Red Cross trainer saved by students. Would you know what to do?

Luckily for Red Cross trainer Inga Sloan her students knew what to do when she experienced a heart attack at age 39. Inga had just started teaching her first aid class when she suddenly collapsed. With no signs, symptoms, or warning, Inga dropped to the floor and went into full cardiac arrest. She was showing…

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News for Employers – Workplace First Aid Certifications in BC

Great news regarding workplace first aid certification! Effective September 1 2018, both Canadian Red Cross Emergency First Aid (EFA) and Standard First Aid (SFA) will be recognized as equivalent to Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1, also known as Workplace Emergency First Aid (WEFA). Unlike the Level 1 program, Red Cross EFA and SFA certification…

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Would you give first aid if it meant risking your job?

This is a question that library staff in Fraser Valley, B.C, now have to consider after being ordered not to perform first aid in emergencies. Imagine this question on a multiple choice test. Q: You are working in the library and you see a person fall to the floor. What should you do? A:   …

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