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First Aid Training Classroom Dates
Here is a calendar listing the dates of up and coming first aid classes by Carm’s Safety. You can register by clicking on the desired course. The link takes you to carmssafety.ca which is a secured site and will open in a new browser window.
The recent power outage in Edson and Yellowhead County has sparked some thought.. Would you think to go light the furnace in your RV? Do you have extra propane on hand if you needed? How many have an alternative heat source? Wood heat is low cost, radiant and works without power. Check regulations and insurance protocols in your community. How many would try to keep warm in a vehicle? NEVER DO THIS. Unless you are stranded, in which case, see Emergency Car List and use the candle in a can, not the exhaust. Do NOT run the vehicle. Do Not run the heater. Ever. A snow plugged exhaust, a froze over window, low ventilation = death by carbon monoxide poisoning. An don't you even think of running that vehicle in your shop/garage. How many candles would burn unattended? Not even for just a second. For all it takes is a second.. How many people would just be cold and huddle inside.. waiting.. Sure, it was only -1 at the time of the outage, but winter power outages can be devastating. Are you and your family prepared? If you do not have an alternative heat source, no RV with a propane filled furnace, no nearby neighbors, close yourselves off into a small room with blankets, sheets, quilts. Ensure it has an escape window. Let EMS know you are without heat and bunkered down. You can likely survive -5 for a while, but not much more. Keep hydrated; even cold water will help keep your energy up to make internal heat. Huddle. Talk. Tell Stories. Stay Awake. Eat. Place infants and toddlers inside your jackets and blankets next to you. Use Pets. Dogs are a great heat source. Here again are the Checklists for An EMERGENCY CAR KIT a FIRST AID KIT CONTENTS and an EMERGENCY SUPPLIES LIST Along with these, think about how you and yours would keep warm, dry and safe in the event of a major power outage in these, what can be, bitter cold months. First Aid, Safety, for Life. Don't get caught in the cold & dark!
Register for an H2s Alive or First Aid Class HERE
Carm's Safety Incorporated; Because EVERYONE Should Have the Knowledge to Save a Life!
We now offer on a regular basis Enform's H2s Alive as well as Workplace Compliant Standard First Aid with CPR C & AED Training in Edson.
With the hiring of our Contract Instructor, we have brought forward Training of Enform's H2s Alive class. All participants in the H2s Alive class must donn and doff the SCBA's and follow all program standards as set out by Enform.
Register for BOTH Standard First Aid and H2s Alive at our special pricing of 275.00 +gst. Or separately. You can register Online HERE or by phone at Edson Local 780-517-0057 Toll Free 1-844-227-6277
Watch our Calendar for upcoming dates HERE
The signs and symptoms of someone whom is severely choking will display some or all of the following:The inability to cough or breathe Change in facial color Look of panic or wide eyes One or both hands clutching the throat High pitched noises
First Aid for a Choking Adult or Child
- Stand or kneel (for a small person or child) behind the person and wrap one arm diagonally across the person's chest.
- Bend the person forward at the waist until the person's upper airway is at least parallel to the ground.
- With the heel of your other hand, deliver 5 firm back blows between the shoulder blades.
- If the object has not dislodged, make a fist and place it just above the belly button.
- Place your other hand over your fist and pull sharply in and up, doing 5 abdominal thrusts.
- Continue the cycle of 5 firm back blows and 5 abdominal thrusts until the object comes out or the person begins to breathe or cough or becomes unconscious.
Carm's Safety Incorporated, Because Everyone Should Have the Knowledge to Save a Life!
There are 3 main types of Emergency kits everyone should have on hand. Do you know what they are and what they should contain?Whether we are at home or work, traveling, or on leisure time we all need to be prepared for an emergency. Emergencies are never planned. Get Prepared by ensuring your Vehicle and Home have the following kits:
Emergency Supplies Kit
First Aid Kit
Emergency Car Kit
An Emergency Supplies Kit should have the following Items:
4 L of water per person per day, and enough for 3 days
Packaged or canned food that is non-perishable.
Walking shoes, rain gear, change of clothes
Blankets and sleeping bags
A First Aid Kit and and prescription medications. Be sure to check expiry dates regularly!
Toilet paper and other personal supplies
Extra pair of glasses
Battery powered flashlight and radio with extra batteries, or opt for the hand crank ones
Extra set of vehicle keys
List of family doctors
Important family information ie: medical conditions and next of kin
Photocopies of all Identification for each family member
Special items for babies and children ie: diapers, toys, games, bottles, special foods
First Aid Kit Contents -highlighted links open a pdf file
Emergency Car kit Contents:
Battery or crank radio and flashlight
First Aid Kit
Bottled water and high energy foods, nutrition bars
Tire repair kit and pump
Matches and a "survival" candle in a deep can that will burn for many hours.
Find out how to use the items in your Emergency and First Aid Kits! Take a First Aid ,CPR & AED Training class! Find out more and how to Register HERE
AED Use is this weeks Workplace Wednesday topic
AED's or External Automatic Defibrillators are simple and easy to use. If you can turn one on, you can operate it. They are made to be used by anyone, at anytime. They will not deliver a shock if it's not needed.
We are finding AED's more and more in the community, which is fantastic! The cost of an AED has reduced significantly from upwards of 6000.00 to around 1200.00. Anyone can own one. Anyone can operate one.
To use an AED, turn it on. Follow the voice prompts, and the safety precautions below. That is it!
You want to ensure the ill or injured person is NOT laying in water; we use something called a "splash test" to ensure this. A splash test is a simple 'smack' on the ground beside where the person is. If water or liquid splashes up, you need to move them to a drier location.
You need to keep the AED pads an inch away from any pacemaker scar and an inch away from any nicotine, hormone or other patches. Removing the patch will still leave residue on the skin, so just keep an inch away from it. Don't worry about the person having a pacemaker. If it was working, you would not be doing CPR or applying an AED.
Ensure the pads will stick to the skin by shaving any mass amounts of hair in the location where the pads go. This location is demonstrated on the pads themselves, and all AED kits should have a razor and a pair of scissors with them. The scissors are for opening a shirt, or cutting through a bra. Please try and keep the person's dignity intact as much as possible.
Lastly, ensure NO One is touching the person during the AED's analyse or shock modes.
The chance of revival with CPR alone is about 7% and declines significantly with each minute passing. The chance of revival with CPR and an AED is as high as 75%. Ask us how you can have an AED in your workplace, rv, lake lot, home, community. We do NOT charge nor sell AED's, we will simply pass information along to you on where reputable retailers can be found.
View the Canadian Red Cross Info Sheet on AED Use AED Fact Sheet
For more information, and to be trained in CPR and AED use, REGISTER for a First Aid and CPR/AED Training course with us!
1-844 CARM CPR toll free 1-844-227-6277
Noise - Workplace Wednesday for July 9 2014
Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) is permanent hearing loss resulting from being exposed to high levels of noise for a long time.
The hearing loss that results from long-term hazardous noise exposure takes a long time to develop.
Although the damage can happen early in a worker’s career, the hearing loss is usually noticed later. Why is it so? Its because young workers have a large reserve hearing capacity and hearing loss progresses very slowly; it is hard to notice in the early stages. None the less, everyone’s hearing gets worse with age. In addition to hearing loss and tinnitus, noise is also associated with adverse health effects such as: high blood pressure, increased risk of heart disease, increased stress levels, tiredness, irritability, hormonal changes as well as low birth weight in pregnant women’s children.Do you have a noise problem at work?
- Do workers have to shout to be heard for some time during the day?
- Is noise noticeable while you are working?
- Do workers complain of ringing in the ears at the end of a shift?.
None of the above mentioned should be taken in place of a First Aid Class. Register HERE for a First Aid Course
This week on Workplace Wednesday, we will discuss Poison Ivy Stinging Nettle, both of which we have in Alberta around our campgrounds, lakes, hiking areas, acreages, workplaces. I can attest to the immense burning of stinging nettle. Not a fun way to find it. As it stands at this moment, I have just found some yesterday in my yard here that I will be getting rid of. I'll start you with a picture of each: This is what Poison Ivy looks like Here is a photo of Stinging Nettle Both poison ivy stinging nettle can be found in and around not only Edson, but Alberta wide, and worldwide. Know what poison ivy and stinging nettle looks like. When travelling, know the other poisonous plants and what they look like.
Poison Ivy Stinging Nettle First Aid:Remove yourself or the infected person from the danger without putting yourself at risk. Flush the infected area with large amounts of cool water. A garden hose works great. Flush away from the rest of the body. Watch for signs of a severe reaction that may require immediate medical attention, such as difficulty breathing. Keep flushing the affected area with cool water to keep pain and swelling down as much as possible. And remember the 3 leaf rule for Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac- if it has 3, let it be! None of the above mentioned information should be used in place of a First Aid class. Register for one HERE. Watch for Red Cross Remote Wilderness First Aid Coming Soon to Carm's Safety Incorporated!
Sunburn PreventionSunburn- ouch! Here we are in the first week of Summer already, heading into the Canada Day long Weekend, and many of us will be nursing a sunburn. Let's prevent it! SPF 30 or greater, light cotton long sleeves, are both fantastic preventative measures, but lets not forget about the children in the water, or Grandpa sitting watching without a hat on. How bout that guy welding with only the back of his neck exposed? The guys having their roofing party? Prevention is always key, as it is here again in the topic of Sunburn. Taking frequent breaks, not being outside when the sun is at it's strongest, using SPF 30 or greater on any exposed skin, and remembering to re-apply after being in the water or outside for a prolonged period of time. Protect yourselves, your children and your family and friends this Canada Day long weekend and remember the sunscreen and an umbrella! Remember those areas like the backs of our necks, calves, feet, ears.
First Aid for a SunburnTreat the burn the same as any other burn. A superficial sunburn has no blisters. A partial thickness sunburn is when blistering occurs. A partial thickness sunburn over 10% of the body requires medical attention. Cool it with standing cool water. Burn gels if the 5 rights and allergies have been addressed may be of some relief as well. A person should be checked for Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke when dealing with a severe sunburn. See our blog post about Heat Related Emergencies HERE
Have a fantastic Canada Day Long Weekend and stay free from a painful sunburn!
For more information and course dates, visit our main site Registration Calendar Page HERE
This post should not be taken as a replacement for a First Aid Course.
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Stroke Prevention, First Aid, Signs & SymptomsThis week we'll discuss the Prevention, Signs & Symptoms and First Aid for a Stroke. Stroke Prevention is key as it always is when discussing anything First Aid related. The prevention for a Stroke is similar to that of preventing Cardiovascular Disease. Proper nutrition, weight management, stress, stopping unhealthy habits such as smoking, regular exercise can all be factors. Unfortunately, so are some conditions which we have no control over such as age, gender and if it's hereditary. The Signs and Symptoms of a stroke are as follows: -facial droop on one side -numbness and or tingling and weakness on one side of the body felt and seen in the limbs -slurred speech or inability to speak The acronym we want to remember for a Stroke is FAST. Face Arms Speech Time, for the signs & symptoms listed above and for Time being of the essence. Stroke First Aid: Time is of the essence when dealing with a stroke. It is a critical 911/EMS call. The condition requires immediate medical attention in the hopes of reversing the effects of the stroke. You may lay the person in the H.A.I.N.E.S. Recovery position with their affected side UP to prevent choking, allowing for drainage, keeping their airway open. After checking your ABC's and calling for help. Comfort them as a stroke can be extremely scary. It's a feeling of being trapped inside your own body. When I had mine from the surgery, it was the scariest thing imaginable to go through. Comfort, re-assure and rest the person. Let them know EMS has been called and they will do everything they can. There is something called 'the golden hour' that describes the ideal time frame for the reversal drugs to be administered by Heath Care Professionals. So again- TIME is of the essence.
None of this information should be used in place of a Red Cross First Aid Class. Register for a course HERE
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