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Just a Little Heart Attack

Nov 23, 2012   //   by Bettina Weber   //   News & Reference  //  No Comments

School’s Out, Bike Safety Is In

Jul 16, 2012   //   by Bettina Weber   //   News & Reference  //  No Comments

With school out for the summer, many kids are trading their books for bikes, prompting the Canadian Red Cross to urge children, adults and motorists to ramp up their safety awareness.

Three out of four children in Canada have a bicycle. The Red Cross says cycling is great exercise and a way for children to learn responsibility, so parents and caregivers should encourage biking while stressing safety, including mandatory use of properly fitted and secured helmets.

Speed, inexperience and not wearing protective gear are among leading causes of cycling injuries for children. About a third of hospital emergency visits for children with cycling injuries involve broken bones, and one in 10 cycling deaths or serious injuries result from collisions with vehicles.

“Kids under age 10 do not yet have the combination of judgment, coordination and motor skills to fully understand – or react – to the risks from obstacles and the dangers of vehicle traffic,” said Rick Caissie, national director of injury prevention with the Canadian Red Cross. “Close supervision, keeping away from busy streets and parking lots, and having adults lead by example on helmet use as well as knowing – and obeying – traffic rules will prevent injuries.”

Caissie said parents and caregivers should have first aid training that gives them the skills and confidence to provide emergency treatment for common cycling injuries like falls, fractures or bleeding. There are details online at www.redcross.ca about first aid courses specifically for adults who provide child care, and for children ages 5 and up.

The Red Cross says parents should also be aware that studies show children between ages 10 and 14 are the group least likely to wear a helmet. Reflective stripes on clothing and bicycles, and the use of flickering lights – including during daylight hours – also make cyclists much more visible to motorists.

“And as with any other outing, if children or youth are cycling any distance without parental supervision, bike with a buddy, agree in advance on a return time and stick to a route that’s familiar, illuminated and avoids secluded areas,” Caissie added.

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Health & Safety Tips – Staying Warm & Safe in Canadian Winters

Jan 24, 2012   //   by Bettina Weber   //   News & Reference  //  No Comments

Welcome to winter!
Here is a handout from the Canadian Red Cross, of some tips to help you to be safe and warm this winter. Feel free to print as necessary.

Holiday Greetings!

Dec 21, 2011   //   by Bettina Weber   //   News & Reference  //  No Comments

Make merry with family & friends this festive season, and have a happy, healthy New Year!

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