How to Get First Aid and CPR Training

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How to Get First Aid and CPR Training

Learning how to perform CPR is not only a requirement for some fields, but can also help save a life. Whether you’re a nanny, a teacher, a parent, or any other field where you’re taking care of others, learning CPR can save someone’s life in an emergency. For that fact alone, CPR training is invaluable – but caregivers who have CPR training are more than two times as likely to get contacted about a job.

When you take a CPR course, you’ll come away with a number of new skills and understandings.

You’ll know how to assess the scene of the emergency, and be able to determine the needs of the person who’s in danger. Your course will teach you first aid skills for injuries like cuts and scrapes, and what to do in case of insect or snake bites.

You’ll also cover items like what to do in case of broken bones, heat stroke, neck injuries, and other non-life threatening situations. At the end of the course, you’ll know how to behave in many emergency scenarios, giving you confidence and the capacity to help others in need.

A CPR course will teach you cardiopulmonary resuscitation, preparing you in case someone is in cardiac arrest or if their chest cavity is blocked. You’ll learn the techniques to keep blood flowing through a person’s body that helps them stay alive until medical help arrives. Mostly every course teaches you how to use an automatic external defibrillator, or an AED, to deliver a shock to the patient before you begin to administer CPR.

You can take a CPR course easily online by taking it at FAST. Once you complete the course, you’ll have your CPR certification. Some occupations require that you take your CPR training in person, but many will allow you to study the process online and achieve your certification that way.

The length of the course that you choose to take often varies, and can take anywhere for three to five hours. You should space the classes out so you can retain the information more effectively, because it’s vital that you remember the steps – remembering could save someone’s life.

There is no minimum age to take First Aid or CPR training. It’s a good idea to take a refresher course every two or three years, because CPR practices are often changing.

If you want to be able to say that you can help save someone during a medical emergency, get your CPR certification today with F.A.S.T. Rescue.


How To Use An Eyewash Station: What To Do In An Emergency

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How To Use An Eyewash Station: What To Do In An Emergency

Have you seen the emergency eyewash station at your work, but really have no idea what that contraption is meant to do? Not even sure why you’d need to use it? Or worse, does your work not have one of these stations at all?

First of all, if your workplace guidelines require an eyewash station and you don’t have an operational one in your vicinity, you could be risking failing at an audit when the time comes. Not only that, but if a serious incident actually takes place, you need to have the proper safety materials in place to avoid eye injury as best as possible.

Get Your Equipment

Different workplaces, obviously, require different safety measures. You may need eye dressings, eye drops, a portable station, a cederroth eye wash station, or others. They’re all listed out for you to easily find online.

Depending on federal, provincial or workplace labour laws, your place of work might require you to have some or all of these things. If you work around chemicals, especially, you’ll likely be required to have multiple of these stations around the area.

What’s It For?

An eye was station is used when foreign particles get into the eyes. They help to prevent the eyes from getting permanently damaged by rinsing out the hazardous material right away.Having or not having an eye wash station can literally be the difference between someone going blind and someone recovering their vision.

An eyewash station must be used if the object that gets into the eyes is found of the MSDS, or the Material Data Safety Sheet. This is a document that catalogs all the foreign substances that are potential hazards to our bodies, and our eyes. This document also informs you that if you don’t wash your eyes when coming into contact with these materials, serious eye injuries can occur.

Most containers that have the potential to cause this kind of damage come with warnings such as “Causes Permanent Eye Damage” or “Causes Chemical Burns.” If a substance has this type of warning on it and it gets into someone’s eyes, an eyewash station is then used.

Eye wash stations should be inspected regularly to ensure that in an emergency they would function properly.

How Do You Use It?

An eye wash station is only considered operational if it contains fresh, clean water. You should also be able to use it without the assistance of your hands. It needs to be highly visible, with signs that point out exactly where it’s located. The access to your eyewash station cannot be obstructed by any other object.

The most important thing to remember about using an eyewash station is that every second counts. You absolutely cannot waste any time between getting a harmful substance in your eyes and using the station. Getting there faster could mean saving your vision.

The eyes should be flooded with water, using the fingers to keep the eyes open. This is why it’s important that the station is able to be operated without the use of your hands. It’s essential that the eyes are cleaned fully, which means cleansing the eyes for an entire fifteen minutes.

While cleaning the eyes for fifteen minutes, you should roll your eyes as much as possible to assist in removing the foreign substances. Absolutely nothing but water or the eye wash solution should be used in the eye wash station.

If you need to consult someone on how to train your employees to use an eyewash station, F.A.S.T. Rescue will send out an expert to teach your employees emergency response training in the most efficient way available.


Avoiding The Silent Killer – Heat Stress

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Avoiding The Silent Killer – Heat Stress

 

Working on hot days can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke Extreme heat is a significant risk to Canadians, especially seniors, children, and those with chronic illness. Surprisingly, it’s estimated that  120 people die each year  in Toronto, from conditions caused by exposure to extreme heat. Extreme heat is called the ‘silent killer’ because it’s not a visible environmental threat like a fire or flood.

With summer is in full swing, temperatures are rising, and we are spending more and more time outside, which means we need to be on the lookout for heat stress, or heat-related illnesses. Continue reading Avoiding The Silent Killer – Heat Stress


Tips and Tricks To Stay Safe This Halloween

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Tips and Tricks To Stay Safe This Halloween

Happy Halloween from F.A.S.T. Rescue

 

The spookiest time of year is just around the corner. Children and adults are getting into the spirit of decorating their homes, carving pumpkins, buying large sums of candy, and, of course, creating the best Halloween costume they’ve ever come up with. When we think about Halloween we think about having one night that is filled with spooky haunted houses, costumes and candy. What we don’t think about are the safety hazards present during the entire event of Halloween. In order to stay safe this Halloween, follow these tips and tricks so you can enjoy your treats.

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Back To School Student Specials on First Aid Courses

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Back To School Student Specials on First Aid Courses

 

first-aid-training.jpgWith the back-to-school season just around the corner, many of us will have to start thinking about getting certified in various Health & Safety courses across Ontario. Many students who are taking Nursing or other medical fields require different certifications such as First Responder or EMR, but Standard First Aid & CPR C is normally mandatory across all fields. Continue reading Back To School Student Specials on First Aid Courses


Work Safe in the Heat this Summer & Beyond

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Work Safe in the Heat this Summer & Beyond

Work safety in the heat & sunKnowing how to protect yourself and your employees from heat-related illness and injury in the workplace is important – and can save lives. It’s important to know exactly what to do in the case of this type of emergency, especially if you work in an industry vulnerable to extreme weather conditions such as outdoor work, or work involving direct or radiant heat sources, or extreme physical exertion. Operations such as construction, landscaping, rescue operations, oil and well operations, and hazardous wastes sites all have a higher risk of these types of heat related injuries.

Every year, thousands of workers become ill due to occupational heat exposure, and many die. However, these deaths are preventable. Continue reading Work Safe in the Heat this Summer & Beyond


First Aid Training Can Save Lives AND Reduce Costs!

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First Aid Training Can Save Lives AND Reduce Costs!

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As an employer, you may be aware that workplace safety is regulated by your province and requires you to have first aid training provided to a number of your employees. What you might not know is the impact that first aid training can have – not only in saving lives – but also in saving your business money.

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How To Treat A Nose Bleed

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How To Treat A Nose Bleed

Did you know the official medical name for a nosebleed is “epistaxis“?

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As every parent knows, children easily get nosebleeds more often than adults, typically either from irritating the nasal membrane (i.e. picking their noses) or from a bump or minor trauma (like being hit with a play ball in the face).

However when adults get nosebleeds, it could be an indicator of a more severe medical problem, so be sure to tell your doctor if you have gotten several bloody noses, especially without physical trauma.

The reason why the nose is so vulnerable to bleeding is … well your nose sticks out in front of your face and of course it’s going to be susceptible to getting bumped. But also your nose has an abundant blood supply to help warm and moisten air when we breath in, so it can bleed a lot, easily.

It’s worth taking note that there are may different causes for nosebleeds in adults – here are some common causes to take note of. Continue reading How To Treat A Nose Bleed


Why Should You Have an Emergency Preparedness Plan?

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Why Should You Have an Emergency Preparedness Plan?

FloodThere is no time to think through a plan when a disaster hits.  Depending on where you work and live, you may be facing anything from lighting storms, wild fires and floods, to earthquakes, tsunamis and tornados. 

Emergencies can happen in a split second, so make sure you’re ready with your own emergency preparedness plan. 

In the event that you are met with a natural disaster like those listed above, it will likely take three or more days for emergency services such as police, fire and ambulance, to reach many neighbourhoods.

What does that mean for you? What is your plan for when you have no access to gas, electricity, water or phone?  What if the roads are blocked, storm drains and sewers are backed up, and all of the local stores are closed? Continue reading Why Should You Have an Emergency Preparedness Plan?


You Could Save A Life With A First Aid Kit In Your Home

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You Could Save A Life With A First Aid Kit In Your Home

First Aid Kit For Your Home F7530P160There are many different types of first aid kits available today, so buying the right one for your home is important. It won’t cost you much, but it could save a life and will almost certainly ease someone’s pain at some point if they have an accident.

We offer hundreds of first aid kits to ensure you have all the essentials for your emergency situations. If you want to keep your family safe at home, we offer a selection of general and advanced first aid kits. Just call us at 866-706-7283 and we’d be happy to help you find the right first aid kit for your home or business. We recommend you keep a first aid kit readily available for your family wherever they are; home, cottage, car, boat, workplace,or recreational areas. 

Also, remember to replace first aid kit items as you use them so that you are fully equipped. And make sure, where ever you are, your first aid kit is easy to recognize and find. Always store your first aid kit in a dry place.

Here are some typical supplies you should find in your Home First Aid Kit. Continue reading You Could Save A Life With A First Aid Kit In Your Home