Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Scouts Learn to Save a Life and Earn a Patch with Heimlich Heroes™

There are many reasons kids join scouting organizations. These clubs are ideal for building character, developing skills and interests, as well as teaching a love for adventure, diversity, positivity and many other qualities parents want their children to learn. 

A staple of many scouting organizations is teaching their members first-aid. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Brownies, Cub Scouts and other similar groups often provide their youth a chance to earn a badge in emergency preparedness or first-aid. 

Did you know you can use the Heimlich Heroes program to help your scouting troop earn their first-aid badge?

About Heimlich Heroes 
The Heimlich Heroes program teaches kids ages 7-14 how to recognize, respond to, and prevent a choking emergency. Many scouting groups have used this life-saving program to help members earn a first-aid badge and a Heimlich Heroes patch. Some groups have even used it in conjunction with other first-aid education, working with their local fire department and paramedics to also teach kids about fire safety, 9-1-1 calls, and how to prevent and treat minor injuries. 

The Heimlich Heroes training program will not only help give kids another important patch on their uniforms, but it's fun, interactive and it teaches youth how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver so they can confidently step forward and save a life.

“Young people are extremely curious and remember these kinds of training experiences,” states Terri Huntington, Program Manager. “Heimlich Heroes believes in the importance of early exposure, and we believe that anyone can learn how to save a life.” 

Our free training kit features a 12-minute instructional video, age-appropriate student materials, certificates of completion, and the Leader packet. Added training items – our specially designed 42-inch training dolls, patches, bookmarks, and more – can be purchased from the Heimlich Heroes store.

Bring the Training to Your Troop
When your members complete the Heimlich Heroes training, they walk away with the knowledge and skill of how to perform a life-saving technique − the Heimlich Maneuver®. 

One scout leader said, “Having the doll was key to the training! My girls were nodding along with the video and instructions as if "I've got this." When time came to practice on the doll quite a few of them acted hesitant and weren't sure where to place their hands. I feel that the hands-on practice made a huge difference in their confidence to perform the skill and I feel much more confident that they can do it correctly.”

The Heimlich Heroes patch is a great way for young kids to show off their new knowledge. Kids are able and capable, and we want to equip them to save a life. To date, more than 13,500 Girl Scouts, 7,000 American Heritage Girls, and thousands of Boy Scouts have benefitted from this training.

Your scouting organization can equip kids to save a life and help them earn a Heimlich Heroes patch! 

Visit our website to register your troop, unit, or pack, for this unique learn and earn opportunity today!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Prepare Children for Emergency Situations

An elderly woman falls and cannot move; a child chokes on a grape and can't breathe; a fire breaks out in the kitchen while cooking dinner...

These situations require immediate action. And that is how you can explain what an emergency is to children a situation that requires immediate action.

Oftentimes an adult is not available in an emergency situation, therefore, it's important to prepare children for different types of emergencies and explain how each emergency might require a different course of action.

Calling 9-1-1
The most important tool to teach your children is how to call 9-1-1. It's critical to call for help even if a child knows how to respond in an emergency.

Heimlich Heroes, a Cincinnati-based nonprofit that trains children how to properly perform the Heimlich Maneuver®, spoke with a retired 9-1-1 dispatcher to find out what kids need to know when calling 9-1-1.

Review this information to help your kids feel more confident when calling 9-1-1 in an emergency. To read the full interview, click here:

Q: What information would someone need to know when calling 9-1-1?

A: When calling 9-1-1, you need to be prepared to tell the operator:
  • Your name
  • Where you are
  • What happened
  • Who needs help
A dispatcher may ask several more questions, including: Are there grown-ups around to help? Where are you in the house or building? And, who else is in the house or location of the emergency?

Q: Are there ways for children to practice calling 9-1-1 without actually doing so?

A: Yes, you can disconnect your phone and then do some role-playing. Have kids dial the numbers and always say, "nine-one-one" when dialing. Play out different scenarios and ask questions the dispatcher might ask. Explain to children that they need to listen to what the operator tells them to do. Let them know it's ok to be scared, but that they also need to pay attention. Teach them to stay on the phone, no matter what, and to not hang up.

After teaching your children how to call 9-1-1 and discussing what information they need to know when calling for help, you can prepare them to act in an emergency. 

Teaching Children Basic First-Aid
First-aid is treatment given to an ill or injured person before medical staff arrives. You can prepare children for an emergency by teaching them common first-aid training topics.

  • Bleeding: Teach children how to apply direct pressure to the wound with a clean cloth to stop the bleeding. Don’t remove used cloth, but add more cloth if the wound continues to bleed. When the cut is deep or continues to bleed after several minutes of direct pressure, get to the doctor fast. 
  • Burns: Common first-degree kitchen burns can be treated by running cool water over the affected area for 10-20 minutes. Read more about how to treat burns here. Or watch a short video for kids.  
  • CPR: When your child is old enough to take a CPR training course, sign them up so they can receive proper instruction.
  • Choking: The Heimlich Maneuver is used to dislodge an obstruction from a choking victim. It is best to register online for the training program. But you also can teach children the basics, including proper hand placement when using the maneuver. Use this Heimlich Heroes video to help train your children. 

Planning for Disasters
Your child’s school should have plans in place for things like tornadoes/hurricanes, fires, and lockdowns. Talk to your child’s teacher about their safety plans for each event and review the information with your child. You can also make a plan to follow if similar emergencies happen at home, on the road, or outside.

  • Fires: Test the fire alarm so your kids know what it sounds like. Create an escape route from each room in the house and make sure it is always accessible for children. Get out of the house as quickly as possible and pick a meeting place away from the house. Stay low to the ground to avoid the smoke and review “stop, drop and roll.”
  • Tornado: Teach kids to get to the lowest level of your home with no windows. Shut doors and protect your head with your arms. Check out more safety tips here.
  • Hurricane: Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Store nonperishable food items and extra water bottles in case your power goes out. Have a suitcase ready and evacuate your home when it is recommended. You can find more tips here.
There are dozens of emergencies that can happen, and a parent or adult might not always be around. Preparing children for emergencies helps them stay safe in potentially unsafe situations and equips them to save a life!

Kids are able and capable of learning life-saving techniques. Help your children be prepared. One day, they may be a hero!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Everyone, Young and Old, Should Learn the Heimlich Maneuver®

Heimlich Heroes, a Cincinnati-based nonprofit, trains young people how to recognize and respond to a choking emergency. Since our inception in 2013, our organization has focused on training kids, ages 7-14, how to correctly perform the Heimlich Maneuver®. This year we are expanding Heimlich Heroes to adults with our upcoming adult training program!

Anyone can choke on anything, at anyplace, at anytime and everyone should be prepared in a choking emergency! Ending preventable choking deaths has an answer the Heimlich Maneuver.
Learning the Heimlich is a series of four simple steps. If you do not know the maneuver, you should learn it! You can save a life. 

Here's how:
  • Tuck your thumb into the palm of your hand and close your fingers around it, making a fist.
  • Place the pinky side of your fist on the victim’s belly button and roll your fist up toward the ribcage until your thumb is against their body.
  • Once your fist is in place below the ribcage, take your other hand and wrap it around your fist.
  • Press into the abdomen with a quick inward and upward thrust. Repeat this motion until the object is dislodged.
The Heimlich Heroes training program can be used in schools, clubs, groups, and any youth organization. Later this year, we will launch an adult version of the program so that companies, teachers, restaurants, clubs, groups and other adult organizations will be able to use our adult program.

Knowing how to correctly perform the Heimlich Maneuver is a life-saving skill. Everyone, no matter their age, should learn the maneuver!

Stay tuned to Heimlich Heroes for more information in the upcoming months about our adult training program. To register your school or youth organization, visit our website for more information!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Holiday Safety Do's and Don’ts

The holiday season can be overwhelming work, school, holiday shopping, cooking, parties, cleaning, hosting...you name it! With all the hustle and bustle, accidents can happen, and we want to keep you safe. Check out these quick and easy holiday safety Do's and Don'ts from your friends at Heimlich Heroes:

  • Follow age guidelines on toys you purchase; this helps prevent choking hazards and other injuries.
  • Purchase proper safety equipment for new toys, such as: helmets, kneepads, elbow pads for bikes, scooters, or skateboards.
  • Wear coats, hats, and gloves to fend off unwanted holiday colds.
  • If you are hosting, consider special arrangements for areas in your home to accommodate guests with pet allergies.
  • Make a felt tree and ornaments to hang on the wall for younger kids; this keeps them away from the tree with lights and breakable ornaments.
  • Learn basic first aid, such as CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver®.
  • Keep batteries out of reach of small children.
  • Make sure children have age appropriate seats for the car and that they wear seatbelts to prevent injury.
  • Keep toxic holiday plants (such as the poinsettia) out of reach.

  • Put too many plugs into one outlet; this is the most common way for holiday fires to start.
  • Place small or breakable ornaments at the bottom of the tree where young kids can reach them.
  • Leave wrapping paper on the ground where pets or small children could put it in their mouths.
  • Let small children play with toys or games containing small pieces or parts.
  • Leave candles near flammable items (like curtains) or where small hands can reach.
  • Cook foods or holiday treats in common allergens such as peanut oil. Ask about allergies before offering food to guests, friends, or students.

Enjoy your holidays! And, stay safe out there.