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New WakeMed Class Helps Make Home a Safer Place

Home is supposed to be the safest place for your entire family. However, household injuries are one of the top reasons children under the age of 3 visit the emergency room ( With a new class geared toward safety and first aid techniques, WakeMed wants to help you identify potential hazards within your home and be prepared to treat and handle common household emergencies if they should occur.

“Safety First Aid for the Entire Family” is open to all community residents and is especially appropriate for the parents and caregivers of toddlers and preschoolers who wish to better ensure the safety of their homes and their ability to handle unexpected incidents and injuries. Even adults with older children or no children can benefit from the sound advice and important safety tips offered through this class.

“Caregivers working in pre-schools or daycare centers will also find this class incredibly helpful,” added Debbie McClamroch, a Birth & Parent Education specialist with WakeMed. “Our mission, like theirs, is to help ensure the safety and well-being of the children throughout our community.”
By the end of the class, participants will earn American Heart Association first aid certification and gain a plethora of safety and first aid advice from experienced instructors who are also parents themselves. Topics include:

  • How to identify and remove choking hazards in the home
  • How to child-proof all areas of your home, including the toilet and doorknobs
  • How to avoid heat stroke in infants, children and adults
  • How to care for cuts and scrapes
  • How to handle a loose or lost tooth
  • How to identify and remove dangerous “lookalikes,” such as poison or medicine that may look like candy or food
  • How to handle a fire-related emergency
  • How to identify any other potential hazards within the home, such as furniture that could tip over
  • How to help prevent dangers before they occur

The cost is $30 per person. Dates, times and locations for this class and a wide collection of other WakeMed Birth & Parent Education classes can be found on our website.

“At WakeMed, we want to be a resource for safety and injury prevention for the entire family,” added Danielle Cooke, also a Birth & Parent Education specialist with WakeMed . “We hope ‘Safety First Aid for the Entire Family’ will help many parents and caregivers learn how to prevent and manage accidents and injuries, especially those that are closest to home.”

Birth & Parent Education Classes to Be Offered at the New North Hospital in 2015
Next year, WakeMed’s Birth & Parent Education classes will also be offered at our brand new North Hospital, the first and only women’s hospital in this area which is scheduled to open in May 2015 in north Raleigh. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months!