Rescue Pop-Up

Matthew Reinhart is a brilliant and imaginative paper engineer behind such titles as Encyclopaedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs Pop-Up and Star Wars: A Galactic Pop-Up Adventure (which Mr. Obama ran out to buy!).

He has created nearly 30 pop-up marvels, one of which about rescue vehicles. Rescue: Pop-Up Emergency Vehicles teaches children about all different types of emergency vehicles in beautiful, 3D illustrated form. This is a perfect introduction into the exciting world of emergency rescue!

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Be calm, be confident and think common sense!

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There’s no better time to refresh your lifesaving skills. If you are in the Toronto area, contact us directly to set up an in-home, in-studio or in-office session today!

 

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Flying Under Fire Escape Kit

Remembrance Day is right around the corner and I am proud to say that my Grandfather flew a typhoon in RAF 193 Squadron on D-Day in the Second World War. In relation to first aid and emergency kits, here is an excerpt written by my Grandfather (Jack “Boots” Brown) from a the book Flying Under Fire: Canadian Fliers Recall the Second World War recounting the supplies that he and other pilots were provided with before a typical fighter/bomber operation:

“We were each issued a pouch of French currency and an escape kit containing a water bottle, chocolate, a needle and thread, a fish hook, a compass, pills to keep us awake, and a list of French, German and Spanish words. Then we returned to the crew room, emptied our pockets of any identifying material, and donned life jackets and escape boots. These boots could be converted to street shoes by cutting off the uppers in the event that we had to wear civilian clothing to evade capture. In one boot we carried a dagger to deflate our seat-pack dinghy should it accidentally inflate in the air. We put on gloves and a flying helmet containing goggles, a microphone, earphones, and an oxygen mask.” (p.73)

193_sq_smallThe pilots of 193 Squadron pose with one of their aircraft and a 500-pound bomb at St-Croix-sur-Mer, Normandy, on 1 July 1944. My Grandfather, Jack “Boots” Brown, is pictured in the front row, 6th from the left.

Be calm, be confident and be thankful for those who fought for our freedom!

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My 2 Favourite Things: The Office Meets CPR!

There’s no denying that I’m an Office nut. The Office that is!

Michael, Jim, Dwight and the gang are fantastic and never were they more wonderful than when a CPR trainer came to visit!

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It’s absolutely true that you can do CPR to the tune of Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees and no one does it worse (in the best way possible) than The Office crew. Click here and here to view the quick clips!

 

Be calm, be confident and never (ever) do what Michael Scott does.

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First Aid Super Tip #8

I am often asked whether or not it is serious if a toddler bonks their head. “If my little one bangs their head on the coffee table, should I be worried?”

The answer is “it depends”.

If your child develops a bump on the head (sometimes called a “goose egg”) it can appear within minutes or even seconds. Don’t panic. Simply use an icepack covered in cloth (a tea towel or shirt will do nicely) and apply it to the bump. If you don’t have a fancy ice pack at home, have no fear: the proverbial “bag of peas” (or anything else from your freezer) will work just fine. You should then monitor your child to see if they are showing any signs of concussion.

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First Aid Super Tip #8: Hard goose eggs are okay, squishy is bad. For obvious reasons any sort of soft spot on the head caused by an injury is not good. Seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY.

Additionally If you are in any way concerned that your child may have suffered any sort of traumatic head injury (whether the spot is squishy or not), DO NOT HESITATE to see your doctor. It’s way better safe than sorry to wait in the waiting room for any type of suspected head injury.

 

Use your head when it comes to head injuries!

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First Aid for Breakups

It’s that time of year again, when many university students come home for the first time since leaving for school in September to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families. It’s a wonderful time of year except for those who get an unexpected surprise upon their return… their high school sweetheart no longer wants them to be a college couple! They’ve been turkey dumped!

While this is no fun for anyone, there’s a first aid kit for breakups.

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I hope you had a wonderful (breakup-free) Thanksgiving!

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If you are in the Toronto area and you’re looking for first aid training for injuries more tangible than a broken heart, we can help. Whether in-office, in-studio or in the classroom, we’ve got a training program for you – contact us today!

 

 

 

Top 5 Websites for First Aid Supplies

I’m often asked to recommend a source to buy first aid supplies, whether for business or personal use. While many individuals can find excellent first aid kits at their local drugstore, there are lots of great online e-tailers who carry hard-to-find merchandise. Below are 5 online stores that offer great selection of first aid items.

Costco.ca – You can always count on Costco to have everything you need, and the best part is you don’t have to buy your first aid kit in bulk!

Mountain Equipment Co-op – A great source for first aid kits for the outdoors (lightweight and waterproof kits).

DCG First Aid – This Canadian company offers a vast array of supplies, including difficult to find face masks for CPR and industrial kits to comply with safety regulations, specific to your business type and province you operate in.

Canadian Tire – Another great source for everything outdoors including emergency blankets and more.

Canadian Red Cross – They not only sells first aid kits, but also emergency car kits, which can be an indispensable resource in an emergency.

 

Be calm, be confident and think common sense!

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There’s no better time to refresh your lifesaving skills. If you are in the Toronto area, contact us directly to set up an in-home, in-studio or in-office session today!

 

 

Kitchen Hazards: Grease and Electrical Fires

It’s very important to understand that not all fires should be extinguished with water, especially grease and electrical fires. By educating yourself about kitchen fire prevention tips, as well as understanding what to do if the worst happens, you will help protect your home and yourself from harm.

Click on the image below for this month’s Quick Reference Guide all about kitchen fires.

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Be calm, be confident and think common sense!

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There’s no better time to refresh your lifesaving skills. If you are in the Toronto area, contact us directly to set up an in-home, in-studio or in-office session today!