Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week--
Do you know the Heimlich maneuver? What about CPR? Basic First Aid? If not, contact your local Red Cross to find a certification class near you. Check with your employer—your company might offer some reimbursement for expenses or even offer a free class in house. Because I work in health care, I’ve never had to pay for a class out of pocket, which has been one of the perks of working in my field.
What they say about the use of these lifesaving skills is true—you may never use it in a work setting. I started “working” in health care when I was a young teen candy striper. In all those years I never had to use the Heimlich or CPR. In the last 3 years at our church, though, I’ve had to use both, and I thank the Lord that they were successful both times. You have no idea how much of an emotional experience that is until you are actually put in the position to use those tools. Your adrenaline is soaring, and panic starts to hit. Because of years of training and repetition, though, I went through the steps and was able to help the two ladies who were in need. Take a class now, and have the recertification every two years or as advised by your instructor.