Whether it’s learning CPR, knowing the right numbers to call or how to deal with injuries, safety tips are the focus my post today. Read on to find out how to get your FREE stickers and enter for a chance to win one of two First Aid kits!
After 10 years of marriage and six children so far, I’ve experienced firsthand how important the “big three” can be.
CPR and First Aid for Choking: In the military my husband learned CPR and passed on the knowledge to me. We keep a reference poster taped to the side of the fridge. His know-how sure came in handy one day when Benjamin, who was 2 at the time, choked on a small piece of bread, stopped breathing and went limp. That was one of the scariest moments of my life and I was shaken for days afterwards! But my husband pulled him through it and was able to dislodge the piece of food in his airway. Benjamin has no memory of the incident, but I know full well how important it is for parents to learn these life-saving techniques, and reinforce them regularly.
Poison Control: I’ve used this free service twice and fortunately neither was an emergency. Our oldest got a small amount of glass cleaner in one eye and we were able to handle it at home with the help of Poison Control. And when Samuel was a baby he grabbed the powder out of my hand during a diaper change and dumped a small amount near his mouth and nose. Worried that he had inhaled or ingested some, I called Poison Control and they reassured me that very small amounts of talc would not be harmful to my son. The Poison Control hotline (800-222-1222) is an easy number to remember and should be posted near every phone, and can be easily stored in your cell phone contacts list.
First Aid: We’ve had our fair share of bumps and bruises, but thankfully nothing serious yet. After we moved into our first house, my husband asked if I would buy and keep stocked a First Aid kit. It’s just one of those things, like a smoke detector or fire extinguisher, that every family ought to have. And they don’t cost much at all. For example, there’s a great one on Amazon for just over $10.00. It includes all the basics like bandages, gauze, cold packs, ointments and prep pads, plus some nice extras like gloves, string-relief pads, a printed first aid guide and even a small pair of scissors.
To help promote safety in the home, I will be giving away a compact 33-piece first aid kit from Genuine First Aid to TWO LUCKY READERS!
And if you don’t win, you can still get something free. Email me and I will mail you 2 Poison Control stickers to put on your phones for quick reference. Just send me your name, mailing address and put “stickers” in the subject line of your email.
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So that’s 4 possible entries, and each requires a comment on the blog. Good luck!
Giveaway is open to U.S. residents. Ends on March 1, 2012 at 11 pm CST. Winner will be chosen by random.org and announced on my Facebook fan page, and also here at the blog. Winner has 48 hours to respond to email.
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