2012-09-27 / Lifestyles

Red Cross to offer emergency courses

ESCANABA – Each year, nearly five million people learn how to prepare themselves, their households and their businesses for emergencies. The American Red Cross in Delta and Schoolcraft Counties is offering courses to ready and prepare area residents.

Below are course offerings for October.

The First Aid and CPR/ AED courses teach people how to perform CPR and use an AED (automated external defibrillator), what to do if someone is choking, and how to prevent and respond to other emergencies until advanced medical help arrives. Course participants also learn how to control bleeding as well as how to care for seizures and other sudden illnesses.

“Babysitter’s Training” will give 11 to 15 year olds the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. Caregiving skills take prospective young sitters from feeding to diapering and playtime to bedtime routines. Participants also learn how to handle emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents.

All classes are held at the Escanaba Office, located at 504 1st Avenue North.

OCTOBER CLASSES:

Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED ($90); Oct. 24, 6 – 10p.m.

Adult and Pediatric First Aid/ CPR/AED ($110); Oct. 10 and 11, 6 – 9p.m.

Babysitter’s Training ($85); Oct. 6, 8:30a.m. – 3:30p.m.

Red Cross training courses meet OSHA guidelines, feature handson skills practice and include two year certifications, free digital materials and skill refreshers. Visit redcross.org/training or call (800) RED-CROSS for details or to register for a class.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.

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