Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Heimlich Heroes™ Training is Perfect for Summer Camps

The best part about the Heimlich Heroes training program - besides the fact that it saves lives, of course - is that it can be taught anywhere, at any time!

Summer camps want to keep kids entertained while also providing education and fun. That’s also what Heimlich Heroes is all about.

Heimlich Heroes is an interactive, fun and educational program for kids ages 7-14. It teaches kids how to recognize, respond to and prevent a choking emergency. And it only takes an hour.
This training kit can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. and be administered by any adult, making it easy and accessible for summer camps. Everything camp leaders need to know for a successful training is outlined in our Getting Started Packet. That means, no extra work!

“The program was great!” said camp leader, S. Tootle. “I did it with my camp children.  We had 40 children take part in the program. The kids really enjoyed it.”

With age-appropriate workbooks in English and Spanish, the program is a great fit for all kids. After a short video and guided notes, kids can get hands-on experience performing the Heimlich Maneuver® on our specially-designed training dolls.
The Heimlich dolls are the most talked about portion of our program. Kids love them, adults love them…everyone loves them! When the maneuver is performed correctly on the dolls, a piece of foam food pops out of the doll’s mouth.

“The doll really is the cherry on top!” said program leader, L. White. “It gives hand on experience to make sure the kids truly understand the Heimlich Maneuver. The whole program was amazing and beneficial for not only the kids but parents too!”
The Heimlich Heroes program takes a serious emergency and makes it fun and easy to learn exactly what to do in that situation. And, lives are being saved! It is educational, accessible and appropriate for those in 2nd – 8th grade. Kids are able and capable… show them how to save a life!
Give your summer campers a lesson that will last a lifetime! Register for the Heimlich Heroes training program, without delay.

To learn more and register your summer camp, visit

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Babysitter Preparedness: 4 Things You Need to Know

Babysitting is a great way for teens and young adults to make some extra money. When parents hire a sitter, they want to know their children are going to be safe and well taken care of. Before you accept that babysitting job, make sure you are equipped – in any scenario - to take care of young children.

You’ll need to know the right information and safety procedures. Check out the following scenarios to find out how prepared you are for babysitting safety emergencies:

1. Charlie wants to help you make lunch. He reaches up onto the stove and accidentally places his hand on the hot stovetop. He has a small non-blistering burn on two fingers.

What do you do…?

      A)   Place ice cubes on the burn
      B)   Run cool water on the burn
      C)   Apply butter to the burn

Correct answer: B) Run cool water over the burn

Cool water or a cool compress on the burn for 3-5 minutes helps take away the sting. Applying things like butter or ice to a burn can cause further skin damage and irritation. Applying an aloe gel or a burn cream to the affected area with sterile gauze helps keep the burn clean. For more serious burns, seek medical care. Click here to read more about burns and burn treatment.

2. Suzy and Joseph are playing tag in the backyard. Suzy stops to eat a grape and then runs off to keep playing. Suddenly, she stops running, her face turns red and she places her hands on her neck; she’s choking.

What do you do…?

   A)   Slap her back to try to dislodge the grape
   B)   Swipe inside her mouth with your finger
   C)   Begin the Heimlich Maneuver®

Correct answer: C) Begin the Heimlich Maneuver

The Heimlich Maneuver is the quickest, most effective way to help someone who is choking. Slapping the back will often cause the obstruction to get lodged even further down the windpipe and should not be used on a choking victim. A first-aid training class should be taken before babysitting to learn life-saving skills like the Heimlich. Train yourself, your kids, your neighbors, and students with the Heimlich Heroes program by registering online. You can also watch this short Heimlich Heroes training video.

3. Jane and her sister are supposed to be taking a nap. Instead, they are jumping around on the bed. Jane falls off and lands on her wrist. Her wrist is swelling and the slightest pressure or movement cases a lot of pain. She appears to have a broken bone.
What do you do…?

    A)   Call the parent and arrange to meet them at the hospital/wait for their arrival
B)   Make the brothers finished their nap
    C)   Wait to see if the swelling goes down

Correct answer: A) Call the parent and arrange to meet them at the hospital/wait for their arrival

Broken bones always need medical attention. Call the parent(s) right away or 911 if it is a more serious emergency. Wait for the parent to pick up the child or plan to meet them at the hospital. You can wrap the broken area to help immobilize it and apply ice to help with swelling. Read more information on broken bones here.

4. You are babysitting for a new family that you don’t know. You get a tour of the home and go over schedules and rules for the children. The parents are about to leave but you need one more thing from them.

What do you ask for…?

     A)   Dinner money
     B)   Emergency numbers/where they are located
     C)   If you can have friends over

Correct answer: B) Emergency numbers/where they are located

Even if you know the family well it’s important to ask for emergency numbers or where they are located in the house. You need to have the parent’s numbers, maybe a nearby relative or neighbor, doctor’s office and local emergency numbers on hand. If an emergency happens, you need to be prepared to make calls right away.

If you passed this quiz with flying colors you are ready to take the next steps! Check out our article on how to get ahead of the babysitting competition!

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!