The Nipawin and Area Early Years Family Resource Centre held important educational events over the last week.
With instruction from Tiawna LaMontagne and One Heart Training of Regina, parents and guardians got a lesson in infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), while children took part in a home alone safety session.
Lisa Vavra, resource centre coordinator, said both courses were needed in the community, as shown by the strong turnout for the sessions, both taught by LaMontagne.
The infant CPR course focused on children up to six years old. Although it is hard to plan programming during the summer months, Vavra said she was happy to see 18 people show up to learn.
The learning included instruction in what to do when an adult, child or infant is choking, as well as how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and where they can be found in the community.
“We have one right across the street from our building, so we will be easily able to run and go grab it if we ever need one, God forbid,” Vavra said.
She hopes to bring LaMontagne back for more CPR sessions in the future.
Twenty-four boys and girls, ages nine to 12, were in attendance for the home alone session, working together to solve problems and discuss potentially dangerous situations.
While the session is generally not geared to this age group, Vavra said it was a good program to offer while LaMontagne was in town.
During the pandemic, many kids had to stay home alone because they had no other options, Vavra said.
“We thought to bring these skills to them, since (LaMontagne) was coming up for the infant CPR already and we would have the space for the home alone course,” she said.
Safety tips offered during the home alone session included how to interact with strangers, whether on the phone or at the door. Kids should never let someone know that they are home alone and should always keep the doors locked, Vavra said.
There was also discussion about what to do about pets in case of fire. Many kids said they would take their pets with them.
“But (LaMontagne) basically said, no, only if they’re with you and only if they’re willing,” Vavra added. “If they’re not willing to come with you, then you get out and you tell the firefighter going in after them to find your pet.”
The session was a good follow-up to the babysitting course offered by the Nipawin Kinettes in the spring, Vavra said.