Are you certified?

You head out to the barn after getting the kids on the bus to find your worst nightmare. Your husband writhing on the floor of a stall, clutching his chest.

It seems like a heart attack, but you can’t be sure. As you call 911 he starts to lose consciousness. Dispatch assures help is one the way when he stops breathing…

On their way means 10 miles out.. the majority of which is gravel and the plow has only gone by twice since the snow storm a couple days ago.

It could easily be 15-20 minutes before help gets here.

In an emergency, seconds count. Those seconds can easily turn into minutes for those who live in rural areas due to distance and road conditions. So I ask… are you certified?

CPR certified, that is.

cpr

Knowing CPR could mean the difference between life or death, full or partial recovery.

The Red Cross hosts a number of CPR and first aid classes across the country. You can also check with your local hospital or clinic for additional opportunities as well.

The scenario played out earlier is all too real for farmers. February is also Heart Month. Know your numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, etc) and make sure your loved ones know theirs too. Especially if there’s a family history of heart disease.

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About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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