“Many people take our classes because OSHA requires safety training. Employees often take the classes through their work, but training carries over to your personal life, as well,” said Mitzi Monday, American Red Cross Prevention, Health and Safety Services sales representative.
Classes mandated by the federal Occupation Safety and Health Adminstration focus on emergency response during the 10 minutes post-accident. Students are taught how to assess and respond to situations. Monday highlighted such situations as shock, asthma attacks, allergic reactions, car accidents, choking and severe cuts, among others.
An adult or pediatric CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) four-hour class is normally $70. The 20 percent discount brings the total down to $56. A two-hour First Aid course can be added to either course for a total of $72. A seven-hour course includes CPR/AED training for both adults and pediatrics with First Aid training for $88.
Those interested in the classes can call 1-800-REDCROSS or go to redcross.org/takeclass. Course schedules and registration can be done either by phone or on the Internet.
The code HOLIDAY0113 is needed for the discount. Monday said the special offer will be good through Jan. 31.
“We teach you what to do during the first 10 minutes before the ambulance arrives. People need help between the accident and the arrival of medics,” Monday said.
Churches, schools, doctor and dentist offices, physical therapists and police departments take Red Cross courses.
According to Monday, any office with 50 or more employees needs someone trained in First Aid Response and CPR/AED. She said the training could save a life.
“Employees at a local business office were sitting and talking about work when a lady fell over clutching her chest. She was having a heart attack,” Monday said. “Fortunately, a couple of them were trained, so they went into action. One called 911 while the others did CPR until the ambulance arrived.”
Monday said the office decided more employees needed first response training.
“Accidents are just like that. You never know when they are going to happen,” Monday said.
Individual, community and group classes are available. Groups of eight or more can either go to their local Red Cross or have instructors come to them. Community class times are prescheduled and can be signed up for on an individual basis.
According to Monday, local classes in Cleveland are offered at 304 20th St. For more information call 472-1595.
“Emergencies occur every day, but with travel, extra stress and large gatherings, people are even more susceptible to accidents and illnesses during the holidays,” said Monday. “Make sure your family and household members have the skills and confidence to act in an emergency until help arrives.”
Classes can also be purchased as gifts for family members and friends. All Red Cross First Aid kits are currently 20 percent off with the use of the HOLIDAY0113 coupon code.
“You could run upon an emergency like when you are at the ballpark or at the grocery store. Accidents happen everywhere a group of people gather,” Monday said.