Teens Need to Learn First Aid to Prevent Binge Drinking Deaths

I recently learned about the tragic loss of a young Ontario university student who lost his life due to binge drinking. He was at a party where 911 wasn’t called until several hours later. This situation deeply saddens me as his death – along with many others – could have been prevented if party-going teenagers […]

Brampton Bystander Saves Drowning Child

A Brampton bystander was hailed a hero last week after pulling a 2 year old girl from a pond and saving her life. The girl was floating face down when a bystander took quick action and waded into the muddy water at Chinguacousy Park to grab the girl by her jeans. The girl started coughing […]

Round Robin First Aid for 100 Hamilton high school students

SOS First Aid was invited back again in 2016 to train 100 students from the Focus on Youth program at Sir John A. MacDonald High School in Hamilton, Ontario. This is our sixth year and every year our instructors love teaching this highly interactive basic first aid program to this group of keen students. It […]

Mississauga Stroke Centre and FAST save lives

Mississauga in Peel Region provides the best possible treatment for brain injury and stroke patients.  The city’s Trillium Hospital houses one of Ontario’s comprehensive stroke units providing FAST adult stroke care to the West of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).  Quick recognition of the signs of stroke and quick access to treatment at one of […]

911 Emergency Calls from Locked Cell Phone

The majority of 911 emergency calls are made from cell phones nowadays. That number will continue to grow as mobile devices are usually closer at hand and more people are giving up their home telephone lines. It is best to call from a landline because calls are easier for emergency personnel to trace, but there […]

Red Cross Report Reveals Alarming Drowning Statistics

Approximately 520 people drown each year in Canada, according to the Canadian Red Cross. These findings are based on ongoing surveillance of data around unintentional water-fatalities compiled by the Red Cross from coroner’s offices for the period of 1991-2012. This year’s Water Safety Week is June 6-13, 2015. The annual campaign is aimed at educating […]

Oakville Lifesavers Honoured by Town Council

SOS First Aid is pleased to reproduce a recent article that appeared in the Oakville Beaver on April 28, 2015. Staff who work at Town of Oakville Recreation Facilities were recognized with Lifesaving Certificates of Recognition in honour of their brave actions that saved lives. SOS First Aid partners with the Town of Oakville to […]

Online First Aid courses and WSIB requirements for Ontario Workplaces

All courses offered by SOS First Aid are provided by Red Cross Instructors and their content meets the Ontario’s WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) requirements for first aid training for the workplace. However, online first aid courses offered by other providers do not meet these requirements. The WSIB First Aid Requirements state: All employers […]

Hiring the right babysitter for your family

Working parents everywhere will be making childcare arrangements for the summer holidays. Some parents are lucky enough to have extended family members to help out while kids are off school. Some will be signing their kids up for a variety summer camps, while others will be hiring students to provide daycare. In some cases, older […]

Parents need to tell kids the good, the bad and the rules about internet use

Parents need to talk to their kids from a young age about internet safety and teach them how to be safe online. Parents need to lay it all out: the good, the bad and the rules about online use. The Good The internet is an amazing place to play, learn, be entertained and connect with […]