For the second year in a row, June 25th is blackened by the drowning death of a young child.
Last year, a 7 year old died while on a field trip with his school's daycare. Similarly, this year a nine year old boy has drowned while on a school field trip to a water park just north of Montreal in what was supposed to be a celebration of the end of the school year. Click here for the full story.
Perhaps the day after St Jean Baptiste should become a 'drowning awareness' day. Timing would be perfect as it coincides with the start of the summer season when children and adults alike spend more time near the water. Boating safety. Waterpark safety. Backyard swimming pool safety. Safety near the country-house's lake. Pools can offer swimming lessons and water safety workshops. Parents can take CPR classes.
Jonathan Halpert, former National Lifeguard Instructor and the current director of CPR Instructor's Network Canada, spoke with CJAD's dan laxer about the importance of swimming lessons but noted swimming lessons alone do not drown-proof a child. Educations must be accompanied by vigilent supervision when in or around water as well as removal of dangers (this can be designated swim areas or using proper safety equipment like a life-jacket). Knowing CPR and what to do in an emergency is a must.
The CPR Instructor's Network offers all level of CPR courses, including 'Family and Friends CPR', "HeartSaver CPR' and courses with AED defibrillator training... all of which can easily be taught at your location or ours. Pool Safety Inspections and Safety Lectures are also available.
June 23, 2010 Are you prepared: Earthquake shakes Montreal and area
At approximately 1:45pm today, an earthquake rocked Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto areas. The 5.5 magnitude earthquake was centered in the city of Buckingham, Quebec in the Outaouais region. Tremors could be felt in Montreal, Quebec and the Toronto area.The quake lasted 10-to-30 seconds. There were no reports of damage or deaths in the city.
Following the earthquake, most people were talking about it... where they were; being uncertain if it actually was an earthquake; unaware of what to do during an earthquake (stand between a doorway or hide under a bed). This raises a few important question: what if the disaster was worse? what if power was knocked out for a day or two or longer? what if roadways and evacuation routes were not functional? what if people were hurt? do you have an emergency action plan? do you have eemergency resources available at home (flashlight, food, blanket...)?
Being prepared for emergencies are important. Hopefully action plans and training will never have to be put into use, but knowing what to do is important.
A good place to start getting prepared is to take a CPR class. Or, perhaps even gather supplies for a First Aid Kit.
The CPR Instructor's Network can help: CPR and safety classes, emergency equipment, aed defibrillators, action plans, and more... Call us for all your emergency preparedness needs. www.CPRNETWORK.ca