Showing posts from November, 2013

Good words inspire confidence, bad words don't.

Last week at Mass I was reminded of something really important.  Good words inspire people, bad words don't.

So what does this have to do with CPR and First Aid?

Okay, so to start off with,  I'm not terribly religious, although I do try to attend Mass somewhat regularly.  And I don't usually write about things that have to do with religion. But last Sunday I took home a message that I've been thinking about all week.  Good and positive words encourage and inspire people and generally make them happy.  Bad words don't.  This isn't a religious thing, it's a caring human nature and psychological thing.

So again, what does this have to do with CPR and First Aid?

This past week I taught a class as a child care center I've been providing courses to for the past few years.  Every time I teach there I hear some of the same story, of one of the previous CPR & First Aid Instructors they had provide a course for them.  Apparently this person was a former milit…

Change your clocks, change your batteries, check your medicine cabinet

This morning we switched from daylight savings time to standard time.  I don't know about your house, but in mine the little kids were up over an hour earlier than they needed to be.

So in that extra hour we all gained today that we might not have spent sleeping we can do a few things to make our homes safer.

We're familiar with "Change your Clocks, Change your Batteries".  This is an excellent time to replace all the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  For those of us in the northern part of the US we've already had some really cool temps and frost.  Heating season is here and good working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are a must.

But when was the last time you checked the expiration dates of the medications in your medicine cabinet or first aid kit?

Many medications change their composition over time.  They can be less effective or be used to treat different symptoms during their chemical life.  Will that 2 year old bottle of ibuprofen…