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The value of taking a first aid and CPR course

Why and how to

From SheKnows Canada
First aid and CPR courses are offered all over the country, but many of us don't take the time to get certified unless required to. Read on to discover what such a course entails and why it is such a worthwhile endeavour.
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What does certification involve?

Getting certified typically takes just a weekend of your time. After registering for a course near you, you simply arrive, ready and willing to soak up the knowledge. A variety of training materials are provided, and you will also take part in hands-on components. The Canadian Red Cross follows international guidelines when instructing its participants, so you can be sure you are getting the most current information.

How do I get certified?

Getting certified is really just a matter of finding a course near you. The Canadian Red Cross offers courses all the time all across the country. Certification is valid for three years and can be renewed whenever it is convenient for you.

What kind of certfications are there?

Many specialized forms of first aid exist, dedicated to such areas as wilderness, water safety, etc. But for a more general certification, you will likely want to pursue either standard first aid and CPR or emergency first aid and CPR. The standard option will cost you around $100 and will cover such subjects as bleeding, burns, seizures, poisoning, hyperventilation, heat exhaustion and more. The emergency course costs around $70 and focuses on life-threatening emergencies such as heart attack, stroke and severe allergic reaction. Important skills such as CPR are covered in both courses.

What are the benefits?

Although many people only take a first aid and CPR course when required to by an employer, it has many benefits outside of getting you a job. The first aid section prepares you for a variety of emergencies you may encounter at any moment in your life. You will learn how to spot the signs and symptoms of certain ailments, such as hypothermia and heatstroke, before they progress too far. You will also learn how to save yourself and your loved ones from unexpected hazards such as fainting spells or severe bleeding. Knowing CPR is an incredibly valuable skill to have regardless of whether you find yourself in a situation where it is needed. It is better to have the skills and hope never to have to use them than to feel unprepared for dangers that may come your way. Ensure you're ready for any emergencies you may encounter by signing up for a first aid and CPR course today.

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