CORNWALL – St. John Ambulance is hosting two more courses over the next month in Cornwall to give youth and adults the skills they need to perform basic first aid in a home alone with basic first aid course and a babysitter course.
Diana Parks, director of learning for St John Ambulance N.S/P.E.I. council, says people of all ages should have the tools to handle emergency situations.
“Knowledge is power.”
Some things participants will learn in the course include injury prevention, choking and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), wound care and how to splint fractures.
The home alone with basic first aid course is meant for children ages 9 to 12 and teaches them the necessary skills and knowledge to be safe and responsible while home alone for short periods of time.
“We, as an organization, certainly can’t recommend at what age kids are allowed to be home alone, but at the very least, whenever a parent is ready to do that, if the child has taken the (course) then they would be ready for how to answer the telephone, what to do when a stranger comes to the door and the responsibility of having a house key.”
Parks said they also cover basic first aid and internet safety.
The course will be held at the APM Centre on Feb. 3 and 4.
The babysitter course is meant for children ages 11 to 15 and is designed to give youth the skills to care for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
Parks says the course focuses on prevention and safety with kids and teaches them basic first aid as well as dealing with emergency situations.
The course will be held at the APM Centre on Jan. 21.
St. John’s Ambulance will also hold a marine basic first aid course and an instructor development program in the spring.