TROY — Who knew that trying to add a little festive decor to the home for the holidays could be so hazardous to a person’s health? But it is. Between people stepping on broken ornaments, straining their backs or falling off ladders adding lights to the side of the house or trying to place the star on the top of the tree, two to three people visit the emergency room every hour this time of year with holiday decorating-related injuries. So with accidents happening more frequently during this busy time of the year, the Red Cross is offering the gift of safety during December with a number of first aid/CPR courses, including FREE online training courses.
Now through Dec. 31, American Red Cross is making its online first aid and CPR courses available at no cost. These courses cover a variety of first aid, breathing and cardiac emergency topics.
For those interested in more detail and personal training, traditional and blended-learning classes are available for certification and are taught all year long. Check the webpage, www.redcross.org/nmvo, for details.
Be prepared for accidents that could occur during your holiday season. Aunt Susan might not be thinking and grab the pie out of the oven and not think twice about not having her oven mitts on. Be the one who can safely and properly take care of her burn. Maybe Uncle Frank will learn his lesson and not talk while eating, but just in case, you will be the one that can handle the situation if he were to choke on his food. Be the one who is Red Cross prepared.