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How to Prep for Halloween the Safe Way

28 October 2022
Every year, Halloween is a fun-filled celebration that draws in adults and children alike. However, during Halloween, it is also important to remember to celebrate safely, especially if you have children. That’s why we have listed four different ways you and your family can stay safe during Halloween.   1. Pick the right costume   […]
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Safety for seniors

28 September 2022
With a growing number of seniors living by themselves and independently at home, it’s important to make sure they’re safe from harm. Falls, burns and accidental poisonings are just a few of the things that cause accidents for older people. On top of that, older adults who live alone can also become the victims of […]
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Safety precautions to take before heading to a remote area

6 September 2022
If you’re an adventurer and enjoy off-road travel to remote locations, then make sure you take the extra time to prepare yourself. When heading to isolated destinations, you not only have to double check weather conditions and seasons, but you’ll most likely need extra equipment since you’ll be further away from civilization.    Thankfully there […]
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Healthy back-to-school snack ideas!

25 August 2022
It’s hard to believe school is two weeks away and summer break is almost over. Although most kids are back to school and not always too enthusiastic about it, there are some things to be excited about - like fun school snacks.   More and more, we are seeing more creative ways to be healthy, […]
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Food safety for picnics

10 August 2022
Spring and summer are prime picnic and barbecue seasons. It’s a great opportunity to meet with friends and family and enjoy delicious food outdoors. However, there are a few food safety precautions to take note of before preparing and eating your food outside.   To prevent yourself and others from any foodborne illnesses during the […]
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How to prevent and treat bug bites resource

28 July 2022
Although most bug bites are harmless, some cause discomfort and even spread dangerous diseases. When it comes to spending your time outdoors, especially during the summer months, nothing is more annoying than the sound and bite of a mosquito (and other bugs). If you’re planning any outdoor activities like camping, kayaking or hiking, there are […]
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Camping Safety: 5 things every camper should know

28 June 2022
Camping is one of the best summer activities you can do. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors while spending time with your family, friends or pets. However, if you’re not prepared or you’re new to camping, things can go awry if you’re not prepared.   When it comes to camping or any outdoor […]
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Cyber Safety: What not to do online

8 June 2022
Teaching yourself as well your kids how to be safe online is crucial for any family with wifi access. Even though a lot of people use apps, understanding websites and basic internet safety rules are essential. Create an e safety plan for children by teaching them what they can and can’t do when using a […]
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What to do if someone is having a panic attack

13 May 2022
A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense physical and emotional reactions caused by intense fear and anxiety. When they do occur, it can feel like you’re losing control, having a heart attack or even dying. Most people have between 1-2 panic attacks in their lifetime. However, if you’re someone who’s had multiple panic […]
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Student Support: How To Stay Healthy During Exam Season

6 May 2022
The start of spring normally means two things: warmer weather and exams. Exam season is often a stressful period for students as they focus entirely on their courses and studying. Even upper-level students who’ve gone through many exams go stir crazy after a while. Taking care of yourself not only helps your body physically but […]
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Surviving Spring Allergies

29 April 2022
Spring is here! And with the warmer weather, comes new blossoms and spring allergies. During this period, large amounts of pollen spread across cities can cause uncomfortable reactions for a lot of people. Allergy symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on the person. Some include:   • Sneezing • Congestion • Itchy throat […]
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First Aid Activities For Kids

12 April 2022
The more time you spend outdoors playing with your kids or involving them in sports and activities, the more likely they will end up in sticky situations. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it’s an opportunity for them to learn about first aid basics. Cuts, bruises, scrapes and falls can happen at any point, […]
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Tips and resources to manage stress

24 March 2022
Stress is a natural part of being human and we all feel it to varying degrees. Stress can be a source of motivation in certain situations but when it gets to be too much, it can be debilitating. Whether you’re feeling stressed out about work, family life, job loss or a painful life event, it’s […]
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What to expect in a Babysitting Course

15 March 2022
For many youths, babysitting is their first unofficial job. Whether they’re taking care of younger siblings or other kids they know, it’s a great way to gain work experience and take on more responsibility. Taking a Babysitting course teaches babysitters the basics and what to do in emergency situations. At Pacific First Aid, we offer […]
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Why do you need to learn psychological first aid?

2 March 2022
In a lot less serious cases, it’s often easier to recover from physical injuries compared to psychological ones. Recovering from emotional trauma, stress and abuse is not easy and can even take years. With Pacific First Aid’s Psychological First Aid Course, students will learn about different types of coping skills and how to handle stressful […]
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How long does food poisoning last?

15 February 2022
Food poisoning, otherwise known as foodborne illness, is an illness caused by eating contaminated or poorly cooked food. If you’ve ever had food poisoning, it was most likely due to bacteria, viruses or parasites (or their toxins). These infectious organisms and their toxins can contaminate food at any point during the production or cooking process. […]
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How many first aiders should a business have?

1 February 2022
Having first aid measures in place to help deal with accidents and incidents in the workplace is essential to the overall health of your employees and business. First aid regulations can be complicated which is why having trained first aiders on site is key to keeping everyone safe. This article will help you understand how […]
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Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

19 January 2022
It’s that time of year when we’re deep into winter and the risk of getting the flu or cold is more common. That’s why taking the necessary precautions and having a healthy lifestyle is key to avoiding getting sick. Keeping your immune system up is one of the best things you can do.   Following […]
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Black Friday First Aid Sale Guide

25 November 2021
It’s that time of year again when Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner. Most people take this time to take advantage of the sales and get their holiday shopping done. Whether you're a workplace safety professional or a homeowner, we have the first aid products you’re looking for. This year, Pacific […]
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How to Use Your Survival Kit

17 November 2021
This article originally appeared as a members-only email to Pacific First Aid subscribers. Subscribers get exclusive access to my best First Aid resources as well as monthly promotions. To join us, sign up now.   One thing I really leaned into during the pandemic is the importance of being prepared for something that is beyond […]
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What to do if you get injured skiing

16 November 2021
If you’re planning a ski trip to the mountains this winter, it’s important to have a basic grasp on what you should do if you or someone in your group gets injured from skiing. Keep in mind that even the most experienced and skilled skiers and snowboarders can also get injured on the slopes. So […]
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Opioid Poisoning Awareness Workshops

12 November 2021
Opioid Poisoning Awareness Workshops are a recent addition to our Standard First Aid and Emergency First Aid courses. ⁠This is a one-hour workshop. ⁠   Workshop modules include:⁠   1. Opioids 101 - the basics⁠ 2. How to know when there is opioid poisoning⁠ 3. How to help when there is a suspected case of […]
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Trick or treating safely during covid

26 October 2021
It’s that time of year again when kids dress up as their favourite characters and go door-to-door for treats and candy. Unlike October 2020, Halloween is back - sort of. According to the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, families have been given the green light to partake in this year’s Halloween festivities. […]
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How early should you start teaching your kids first aid?

15 October 2021
As parents, we want to be able to protect our kids from all the dangers of the world. However, First Aid is an essential skill that everyone benefits from learning – even toddlers.   From as young as when your child is a toddler, you can show your child what to do when they have […]
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10 Things To Do If A “Big One” Earthquake Hits

12 October 2021
You never know when an earthquake will happen - especially a “Big One.” Experiencing an earthquake can be frightening, but with some preventative measures, you can help reduce its impact. However, the threat of an earthquake doesn’t end right after it’s happened. Aftershocks, landslides and tsunamis can occur. With all this movement, even a minor […]
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How to use an AED

30 September 2021
What is an AED?   Aed stands for Automated External Defibrillator. AEDs deliver a therapeutic shock to the heart as a treatment for those in sudden cardiac arrest (also known as SCA). AEDs are safe and easy to use and can often be found on the walls of public venues and corporations across North America. […]
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How to tell if you have a concussion

16 September 2021
Concussions are more complex than we think. Concussions can take on various symptoms and have permanent effects on the brain for the rest of one’s life. If you or someone you’re with is experiencing a concussion, it’s important to know the signs so you can take action right away and apply first aid for a […]
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Pool and Beach Safety Tips

24 August 2021
Swimming is a great activity that is enjoyed by many across Canada. Whether it’s at home in your private pool, the beach or a lake, swimming is an excellent way to cool off and enjoy the sun. Many people use swimming as their primary form of exercise for its low-impact way to increase stamina and […]
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What To Do When Encountering a Bear

17 August 2021
In Canada, we share many provincial parks with wild animals. British Columbia is home to both grizzly and black bears. Bears in particular are very sensitive to human activities and the best thing you can do is avoid bear encounters altogether to protect both you and the bears. In this post, we outline what you […]
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How to Prevent Mosquito Bites

22 July 2021
The buzz of a mosquito can be one of the most irritating sounds to the human ear. If you’re in a zone where mosquitoes can transmit disease, it can also be a dangerous one. If you’re planning to camp, canoe, hike or garden, you can prevent mosquito bites before you even step outside. According to […]
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RIP Currents: Know Your Options

8 July 2021
Photo Credit: Andrzej Kryszpiniuk   We’ve all heard of them and know they can be deadly: riptides. A riptide, otherwise known as a rip current, is a narrow, fast-moving channel of water that starts near the beach and extends offshore through the line of breaking waves. One minute you’re swimming normally and out of nowhere, […]
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Your Essential Hiking Safety Checklist

22 June 2021
Photo Credit: Toomas Tarted   Summer is officially here and many people are spending their time outside. With the rise in popularity of outdoor activities during quarantine, it’s important now more than ever to be prepared when you’re hiking in the backcountry. No one ever expects to get lost, get stuck hiking in the dark […]
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Tips for Putting Your Campfire Out Safely

10 June 2021
Photo Credit: Benjamin Deyoung   Having a campfire is one of the best parts of camping. It’s where some of the best memories are made with friends and family. With this quintessential part of camping, comes a responsibility to put fires out correctly. Leaving your campsite or going to sleep before extinguishing your fire properly […]
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Summer safety tips for your kids

27 May 2021
Photo Credit: Peter Idowu   Summer’s here! With the days getting longer and school coming to an end, it’s important to be extra sun smart, especially for your kids. After spending many months indoors, everyone’s excited to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Before sending your children outside this summer, you’ll need to be careful […]
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What should you do if you encounter a coyote?

20 May 2021
Photo Credit: Ross Sokolovski   Coyotes can be found in rural and urban areas across North America. In general, they don’t pose a threat to people, but they can hurt your pets (including cats, rabbits and small dogs). They’re active during both the day and night and help control the rodent and rabbit populations. So, […]
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5 cheap pieces of gear you need for your backcountry survival pack

29 April 2021
Whether you’re hunting or doing a multi-day trek through the backcountry, you’ll need a pack full of essentials to keep you prepared. To determine what you’ll need on your outdoor adventure, think about how far you’ll be from your car and closest town and make sure to check the weather forecast.   No matter the […]
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3 Reasons Why You Should Take A First Aid Course

9 April 2021
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is one of the most common causes of death in North America. It occurs most often among adults in their late 30’s and 40’s and affects men twice as much as it does women and is rare for children. Thanks for first aid safety training, you can help minimize the risk […]
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4 Tips on Creating The Perfect Work-From-Home Space

15 March 2021
In the last 20 years, the modern office has gone through many changes. From the fall of the cubicles to the rise of open floor plans and collaborative spaces, many people in today’s workforce have a new definition of what makes an office environment.   As office trends come and go, one thing that does […]
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Self-Care Tips for Those Working from Home

22 January 2021
Photo by Charles Deluvio With so many of us working remotely during the pandemic (4 in 10 Canadians according to StatCan), the need for mental health support is essential. Financial uncertainty, volatile job markets, health concerns, it’s a turbulent environment around us. It is becoming vital during these times to be prepared, and to be […]
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How To Perform CPR On A Baby

24 December 2020
Photo Credit: Minnie Zhou   Knowing how to perform CPR on a baby is an essential first aid skill. There are many reasons why a baby might stop breathing: from choking on foreign objects, respiratory issues (such as asthma) to food. When it comes to CPR for adults and children, there isn’t much of a […]
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Why Does First Aid Training Change?

19 December 2020
Photo Credit: Michael Jin   A very common question among first aid students is why does the course change so often. When it comes to all things first aid, the ILCOR, otherwise known as the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, does a scientific review of the process every 5 years. When there are updates, it’s […]
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Benefits of Learning About Mental Health First Aid

25 November 2020
Photo Credit: Frank Romero   Most people have dealt with some form of anxiety or depression in their lifetime. It’s more common than we think. Whether it’s stress from work, school, family and relationships (the list can go on), these things can feel overwhelming for anyone at any time. We offer a few different courses […]
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5 Tips To Fight Seasonal Depression

20 November 2020
Photo Credit: Dan Meyers   When the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, many people feel a shift in their energy. They can lose motivation, feel down and tired. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of seasonal depression that’s triggered during the winter months. Many of the symptoms start in the fall […]
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Most Frequently Asked Questions In First Aid Classes

17 November 2020
Photo Credit: Kevin Paes   After completing any course, there can often be feelings of apprehension. Sometimes people will question “Am I ready to take action out of the classroom?” The best way to gain confidence, no matter what you’re studying or pursuing, is by practicing. At Pacific First Aid, our Standard First Aid Course […]
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The Benefits of the ZOLL AED

30 October 2020
Knowing the ins and outs of Zoll AEDs will not only save lives, but they guide you through the CPR process. Zoll AEDs combine advanced CPR feedback technology as well as reliability to support you throughout the rescue. When people are both properly trained and receive feedback, it more than doubles survival rates from cardiac […]
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Do I Have Food Poisoning?

26 October 2020
Photo Credit: Giorgio Trovato   In North America, many of us live in ignorant bliss when it comes to clean food and how it’s prepared. We don’t normally second-guess every restaurant we go into and assume it’s going to make us sick. On the rare occasion it does happen, it’s important to be aware of […]
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The Importance of Water Tablets 

23 October 2020
Photo Credit: Mason Mulcahy   For those who love camping and hiking, nothing is more satisfying than setting up camp near crystal-clear water after a day of trekking. Whether it’s a lake, stream or waterfall, it’s the most ideal spot to take a break. Most multi-day hikers depend on these sources of water to fill […]
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3 Essential First Aid Skills 

21 October 2020
Photo Credit: Guillaume Muckensturm Medical emergencies can be some of the most frightening experiences when you’re out in the wilderness far away from civilization and the nearest hospital. Accidental injuries and unexpected medical issues are the most common in the backcountry. No matter your skill level, everyone could benefit from first aid classes. At Pacific […]
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Why Is Cyber Safety Important?

15 October 2020
Photo Credit: Thomas Park Nowadays, it’s almost impossible to meet someone who doesn’t own some sort of Smartphone. Kids especially are starting to get cell phones at a younger age compared to previous generations. Keeping yourself and your kids safe online is becoming a bigger conversation as more and more people start using the internet. […]
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How To Build The Perfect Fire In The Backcountry

2 October 2020
Photo Credit: Sidney Pearce   Nothing is more rewarding and satisfying than building a fire after a long day of hiking. What’s even better is when you see the results of your learned skills turn into a fire right in front of you. Depending on the laws and permits of your province, you can have […]
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Why Your Kids Should Learn CPR

25 September 2020
Photo Credit: Stormy All There’s a common misconception that first aid classes and CPR are only meant for teenagers and adults. According to an article published by ABC News, at the age of, kids can retain the skills and knowledge needed to perform CPR. Even though many children don’t have the strength to carry out […]
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Safety In the Kitchen: First Aid Edition

25 September 2020
Photo Credit: Gaelle Marcel   Whether you’re the cook in your family or work in a restaurant or cafeteria facility, basic kitchen safety is always a priority. No matter how much training you’ve received, you can still cut, burn or hurt yourself and others. Pacific First Aid offers a Food Safety online course that provides food […]
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The Back-country Skiing Essentials

14 September 2020
Photo Credit: Asoggetti   In recent years, ski touring has become more and more popular. The idea of escaping into nature without paying for a lift ticket and scoping out the untouched snow is a skier’s dream. If you’re looking to get into back-country skiing or split-boarding this season, then it is strongly recommended you […]
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How To Identify A Panic Attack

11 September 2020
Photo Credit: Alexander Krivitskiy   Mental health awareness is on the rise, but few people can recognize a panic or anxiety attack in the moment. According to a research study from Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada, mood and anxiety disorders are the most common types of mental illness in Canada. Both of […]
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The Essential First Aid Kit Checklist

5 September 2020
Photo Credit: Oziel Gómez   Whether you’re embarking on your next big trip or going on a local hike, it’s best practice to have some form of first aid kit. You can find different types of kits that will suit your needs from sports first kits,  outdoor first aid kits or general first aid products. […]
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How to Pack Your Hiking Backpack

2 September 2020
Photo Credit: Laura Chouette When packed efficiently, your hiking bag can swallow an impressive amount of gear. But what goes where? There’s no right or wrong answer. To start, lay out all your camping gear and equipment and try out different loading methods until you find one that works best for you. If you’re camping for […]
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Occupational First Aid

Time to Recertify You're WHMIS Training?

29 August 2020
Photo Credit: J. Kelly Brito   WHMIS was designed to ensure the safety of both employers and employees in the workplace. This system teaches workers about the dangers and hazards associated with chemicals and substances that they might come into contact with while on the job. Depending on your career path, you may have to […]
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The Importance of Mental Health First Aid Training

25 August 2020
Photo Credit: Jude Beck   Mental health first aid (MHFA) is provided to people who are either experiencing a mental health crisis or who are developing a mental health problem. Just as physical first aid is used to handle an injured person before further medical treatment, MHFA is given until the crisis has been resolved […]
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Best Practices For Food Safety

21 August 2020
Photo Credit: Tomas Martinez   Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, food businesses have had to pivot and implement many new health and safety regulations. Whether it’s for a take-out or dine-in service, business operations have had to adapt to keep both their customers and employees safe. Depending on which province or territory you […]
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Why Is First Aid Certification Important In A Sport Setting?

14 August 2020
Photo Source: George Pagan III   No matter the situation or activity, the body is susceptible to injury. Whether you’re out hiking, backcountry skiing, mountain biking or climbing, it’s best to have some level of first aid training. The most well-trained athlete can still injure themselves. It is vital to have someone with you that […]
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A Life Saving Device, The AED

13 August 2020
In cities, it takes an ambulance about 8 minutes to reach its destination while rural areas average 25 minutes. When it comes to yours and public health, those moments are vital. Having an AED in both the workplace and public spaces would help save the lives of many people. If someone receives defibrillation through an […]
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3 Facts About Hand Sanitizer

18 July 2020
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema Hand Sanitizer is back in stock on the Pacific First Aid shop! Here are 3 facts about hand sanitizer:  "If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Why? Many studies have found that sanitizers with an alcohol concentration between 60–95% are […]
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Is your child ready to stay home alone?

16 July 2020
Photo Credit: Janko Ferlič   According to Stanford's Children Health Statistics  “Each year, about 2,000 children ages 14 and under die as a result of a home injury. Unintentional home injury deaths to children are caused primarily by fire and burns, suffocation, drowning, firearms, falls, choking, and poisoning.”   Is your child ready to stay […]
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Is your child ready to stay home alone?

15 July 2020
Photo Credit: Janko Ferlič   According to Stanford's Children Health Statistics  “Each year, about 2,000 children ages 14 and under die as a result of a home injury. Unintentional home injury deaths to children are caused primarily by fire and burns, suffocation, drowning, firearms, falls, choking, and poisoning.”   Is your child ready to stay […]
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Food Safety Training, Now Online!

11 July 2020
Photo Credit: Christin Hume   Have you ever had a bad case of food poisoning? Well, then you will know how brutal and dangerous it can be! Food Safety is not a joke, nor is at a subject in the kitchen to take lightly. Food safety training is essential to make sure that you, your […]
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Joint statement on B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

8 July 2020
Photo Credit: Matt Wang   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: "Today, we are announcing 12 new cases, including one epidemiologically (epi) linked case, for a total of 2,990 cases in British […]
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Joint statement on B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

8 July 2020
Photo Credit: Matt Wang   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: "Today, we are announcing 12 new cases, including one epidemiologically (epi) linked case, for a total of 2,990 cases in British […]
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Screenings resume at B.C. movie theatres with new COVID-19 precautions

4 July 2020
Photo Credit: Karen Zhao British Columbia film buffs can now take in a movie for the first time in months, with theatres reopening under Phase 3 of the province’s COVID-19 restart plan. Movie giant Cineplex is opening eight theatres around the province Friday, while Landmark Cinemas is opening 13. Vancouver’s independent Rio Theatre resumed screenings […]
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Joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

1 July 2020
Photo Credit: Max Bender   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: "Today, we are providing case updates for three 24-hour reporting periods. In the first reporting period from June 26 to […]
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COVID-19: B.C. waste water being tested for novel coronavirus

23 June 2020
Photo Credit: Giorgio Trovato   The B.C. Centre for Disease Control has been testing waste water for the novel coronavirus over the past five weeks. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the centre was working with the Canadian Waste Water Association in a bid to detect COVID-19 RNA in feces and urine, based on […]
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Coronavirus outbreak at B.C. fast-food restaurant a wake-up call

18 June 2020
Photo Credit: JC Gellidon   B.C.’s top doctor says an outbreak at a fast-food restaurant serves as a “wake-up call” on workplace safety measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Tuesday that four or five workers at a fast-food restaurant tested positive for COVID-19. She said she is not aware […]
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B.C. reports 11 more COVID-19 cases, 21 recoveries

17 June 2020
Photo Credit: Aditya Chinchure   VANCOUVER -- British Columbia has gone another day without any fatalities from COVID-19, but health officials have identified 11 more infections. Tuesday's update from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix includes 10 new cases and one epi-linked case, which together bring the total number […]
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Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

13 June 2020
Photo Credit: Mika Baumeister   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “Today, we are announcing 16 new cases who have tested positive for COVID-19, for a total of 2,709 cases in […]
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Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

12 June 2020
Photo Credit: Mika Baumeister   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “Today, we are announcing 16 new cases who have tested positive for COVID-19, for a total of 2,709 cases in […]
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Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

10 June 2020
Photo Credit: Victor He   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “Today, we are providing case updates for three 24-hour reporting periods. “In the first reporting period from June 5 to June […]
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Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

9 June 2020
Photo Credit: Victor He   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “Today, we are providing case updates for three 24-hour reporting periods. “In the first reporting period from June 5 to June […]
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Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

6 June 2020
Photo Credit: Arturo Rey   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “Today, we are announcing one new case, for a total of 2,632 cases in British Columbia. One case from yesterday’s total […]
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Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

5 June 2020
Photo Credit: Arturo Rey   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “Today, we are announcing one new case, for a total of 2,632 cases in British Columbia. One case from yesterday’s total […]
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Ontario records dip in new COVID-19 cases after two-day spike

3 June 2020
Photo Credit: Alora Griffiths   TORONTO -- Ontario has recorded a dip in the number of new COVID-19 cases after a concerning spike over the past two days. Health officials reported 338 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of patients in the province to 29,047. It is an increase of 1.2 per cent […]
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4 more dead of COVID-19 in B.C., 12 new cases

27 May 2020
Photo Credit: Spencer Watson   VICTORIA -- Four more people have died of COVID-19 in British Columbia, health officials announced Monday, bringing the virus's death toll in the province to 161. The four deaths recorded since Saturday afternoon all occurred in long-term care homes, according to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. The provincial health […]
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12 new cases, 3 more deaths from COVID-19 in B.C.​

22 May 2020
Photo Credit: Engin Akyurt   VANCOUVER -- Health officials in B.C. announced 12 new cases and three more deaths from COVID-19 have been recorded over the last 24 hours. There have now been 2,479 test-positive cases and 152 deaths from the virus in B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry […]
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Joint statement on COVID-19 response, latest updates

19 May 2020
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “Today, we have two new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 2,446 cases in British Columbia. “There are 325 […]
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Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

13 May 2020
Photo Credit: Mika Baumeister   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “Today, we are reporting seven new cases, for a total of 2,360 cases in British Columbia. “There are 397 active […]
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Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

13 May 2020
Photo Credit: Mika Baumeister   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “Today, we are reporting seven new cases, for a total of 2,360 cases in British Columbia. “There are 397 active […]
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Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

12 May 2020
Photo Credit: Mika Baumeister   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “Today, we are reporting seven new cases, for a total of 2,360 cases in British Columbia. “There are 397 active […]
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Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

1 May 2020
Photo Credit: André Ravazzi   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “Today, we are announcing 34 new cases, for a total of 2,087 cases in British Columbia. “Every health region in […]
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Joint statement on Province of B.C.'s COVID-19 response, latest updates

30 April 2020
Photo Credit: André Ravazzi   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “Today, we are announcing 34 new cases, for a total of 2,087 cases in British Columbia. “Every health region in […]
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15 people turned back at B.C.-Yukon border in past 10 days

29 April 2020
Photo Credit: Maya Tani   43 complaints about possible infractions to public health orders Fifteen people have been turned away at the Yukon-B.C. border since the Yukon government banned non-essential travel into the territory on April 17, says a government spokesperson. So far, none have been turned back at Erik Nielsen International Airport in Whitehorse. […]
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Does cooking food kill coronavirus? Food safety experts weigh in

17 April 2020
Photo Credit: Mélissa Jeanty   Experts recommend taking extra precautions and practicing good hygiene when handling food for cooking. When it comes to food, the coronavirus outbreak has halted many everyday activities, like going out to eat at restaurants. It has also dramatically altered tasks like shopping for groceries. But should it change how we […]
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All BC Parks closing

9 April 2020
Photo Credit: Lesly Derksen   BC Parks is immediately closing all provincial parks in response to the widespread call for increased action to address COVID-19. The closure responds to both the federal and provincial directives that people should stay close to home to reduce COVID-19 transmission risk. This temporary measure means people should not be going […]
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Joint statement on Province of B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

27 March 2020
Photo Credit: Alec Favale   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “We are announcing 66 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 725 cases in British Columbia. “Every health region in […]
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Joint statement on Province of B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

27 March 2020
Photo Credit: Alec Favale   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “We are announcing 66 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 725 cases in British Columbia. “Every health region in […]
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Joint statement on Province of B.C.’s COVID-19 response, latest updates

24 March 2020
Photo Credit: Martin Sanchez   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “We are announcing 48 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 472 cases in British Columbia, since we last reported […]
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Joint statement on B.C.’s COVID-19 response and latest updates

18 March 2020
Photo Credit: Michael Amadeus   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: "We are deeply saddened to announce that three people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have recently passed away, all […]
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Joint statement on update on new and existing COVID-19 cases in B.C.

14 March 2020
Photo Credit: Ani Kolleshi   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “We are announcing 11 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 64 cases in British Columbia. The individuals are […]
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Update on new and existing COVID-19 cases in B.C.

12 March 2020
Photo Credit: De an Sun   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “We are announcing seven new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 46 cases in British Columbia. The individuals […]
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B.C. activates advanced COVID-19 response to protect British Columbians

10 March 2020
Photo Credit: Claudio Schwarz   To protect people in B.C. against novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and mitigate the impact of this illness on communities, the B.C. government and the provincial health officer have developed the British Columbia Pandemic Provincial Co-ordination Plan to respond to the evolving outbreak. Premier John Horgan has appointed a deputy ministers' committee to […]
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Joint statement on first B.C. resident recovered from COVID-19

6 March 2020
Photo Credit: CDC   Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in British Columbia: “We are announcing one new presumptive case of COVID-19 for a total of 13 cases in British Columbia. The individual resides in […]
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Food safety expert: Color not always indicator of safe ground beef

3 March 2020
Photo Credit: Jorge Zapata   Consumers who purchase ground beef from the grocery store expect the meat to be bright red, but sometimes the product may have a brown or purple color to it. The off-color doesn’t automatically mean that the ground beef is bad, says Kansas State University Research and Extension food safety specialist […]
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Nuts ‘N More peanut spread recalled over Listeria concern

12 February 2020
Photo Credit: Vladislav Nikonov   Nutrition Excellence Canada is recalling its Nuts ‘N More peanut spread over possible Listeria contamination. In a statement posted Tuesday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said the recalled product was distributed across the country and should not be consumed.   If you have the recalled product in your home, […]
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Scientists find cause for concern about hepatitis E in slaughterhouse pigs

11 February 2020
Photo Credit: Adrian Infernus Contaminated blood from slaughterhouse pigs infected with hepatitis E could be reaching the human food supply chain, according to researchers. “. . . 40 percent of U.S. slaughterhouse pigs (sampled) were seropositive for HEV (hepatitis E virus), indicating prior HEV infection of the pigs on the farms, which was consistent with […]
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When pets are injured: First aid tips every pet owner should know

7 February 2020
Photo Credit: Angel Luciano   A pet is an important member of your family, so it’s vital that you are prepared to help if they get hurt. Before there’s ever an accident, have a first aid kit prepared for your pet just in case, said Cliff Redford, a Toronto-area veterinarian. “If you take your dog […]
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Year-old food rules receive praise

30 January 2020
Photo Credit: Ben Amaral   The new rules, which replaced 14 commodity-based food regulations, are said to be the largest regulatory reform initiative in Canadian history.  Cancellation of an Ontario meat processor’s licence under the regulations has created capacity shortages in the province The Canadian Food Inspection Agency conducted 3,306 investigations between Jan. 15, 2019, […]
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9 tips to avoid illness from salad greens

29 January 2020
Photo Credit: Ronit Shaked   In a cruel twist of irony, some of the world's healthiest food – leafy greens – have become some of the riskiest in terms of foodborne illness.This is so on-brand for modern humans. Seventeen of the top 20 most nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables are leafy greens (according to research from […]
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Food safety 101: Is that food still safe to eat?

24 January 2020
Photo Credit: Maria Teneva   Your refrigerator can get pretty jammed with food and some items that get pushed to the back may have you questioning whether they're still safe to eat. There are about four million cases of food poisoning each year in Canada and food safety experts say there are many things you […]
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Mental Health First Aid tips for 2020

22 January 2020
Photo Credit: Brent Lloyd   With a new year comes new goals and with a new decade brings even greater goals! Are you feeling intimidated by the pressure of the to do list? Here are some tips to help treat your self to some self-care!   Take time for you! Treat yourself, not everything is […]
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Tackling shellfish safety concerns

18 January 2020
Three projects that aim to improve shellfish-related food safety have been funded by Canada’s Ministry of Agriculture and Genome British Columbia.   Oyster-related illnesses pose risks both to human health and to the $62 million BC shellfish industry. Several outbreaks from 2015 to 2018 resulted in severe cases of gastroenteritis, and serious viral or bacterial […]
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Starbucks Provides Mental Health App to Employees

9 January 2020
Photo Credit: Benjamin Davies   ‘Eliminating the mental health stigma is about more than just starting the conversation’   Starbucks is now providing Canadian employees with a free subscription to the meditation app Headspace. The tool offers guided meditations, informative videos, articles and animations on topics such as sleep, focus and anxiety to help users […]
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P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture wants to offer mental health first-aid training

7 January 2020
Photo Credit: Richard Bell   The P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture hopes to expand its Farmer Assistance Program this year to include mental health first-aid. The confidential program currently provides qualified counsellors to farmers dealing with a number of issues ranging from depression and anxiety to concerns about finances or relationships. "We want to come forward with […]
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Help prevent illness with these food safety tips

2 January 2020
Photo Credit: Christin Hume   Take a close look at the recipes in your favorite cookbooks. Can you tell what is missing from most of the recipes? If you said safe food handling directions, then you are correct! In a study that reviewed 1,497 recipes that included a raw animal ingredient from 29 popular cookbooks, […]
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Outbreak-related hard boiled egg recall now includes consumer products

31 December 2019
Photo Credit: Rachael Gorjestani Almark Foods is expanding its recall of hard boiled eggs to include products sold directly to consumers, but the company continues to downplay whether its contaminated plant is behind a Listeria outbreak. Some of the eggs do not expire until late March, so public health officials are concerned they may be […]
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Food scientists say don't wash the turkey. Here's why

28 December 2019
Photo Credit: SJ Baren   Tips to enjoy holiday meals and avoid food-borne illnesses caused by salmonella, E. coli and other germs As family and friends gather over the holidays, food scientists say there are ways to make breaking bread both festive and safe. If turkey and its side dishes will be served, there are a […]
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Don’t Let Food Poisoning Ruin Your Holiday

19 December 2019
Photo Credit: Vlad Kutepov   On the afternoon before Easter, SaraBeth Griesacker slid a bunny-shaped cake into the oven and offered her 3-year-old a taste from a batter-coated beater. He declined. “More for mom,” she remembered saying, as she licked the beater and spatula clean. Griesacker, who is a mother of three, said she woke […]
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3 Healthy Tips For Coping With Workplace Anxiety

12 December 2019
Photo Credit: Ben White      You have an important presentation coming up. You’re up for a performance review. Your boss drops an unexpected check-in meeting on your calendar. These are all scenarios that can cause symptoms of anxiety (sweaty palms, shaky hands, palpitations, etc.). We all experience a certain level of stress at work, […]
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Do Not Eat Romaine Lettuce. Experts Advise The FDA announced that it is likely the source of a recent E. coli outbreak, and CR says consumers should not take any chances

28 November 2019
Photo Credit: Jef Wright    Update: On Nov. 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the number of illnesses in this outbreak increased from 40 to 67 and hospitalizations from 28 to 39. Six people have developed a form of kidney failure, but no deaths have been reported. Two new states were […]
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One year later: Leafy greens tested for recall-causing bacteria

22 November 2019
Photo Credit: Erda Estremera   WINNIPEG -- According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency since the beginning of 2018 there have been 32 recalls of leafy greens or salad products containing leafy greens. All were related to bacteria, mostly E. coli O157:H7 and listeria. To get a snapshot of what’s on store shelves today, CTV […]
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'Heroes' honoured for saving 14-year-old kid's life in Surrey

15 November 2019
Photo Credit: Greg Rosenke   Alex Romero-Gomez suffered sudden cardiac arrest in July and was brought back to life, thanks to the actions of three lifeguards and a weight room attendant at the Surrey Sports and Leisure Centre and an AED machine. Ryan Uppal remembers the exact moment Alex Romero-Gomez came back to life. Uppal, […]
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‘Industry’ recalls more mystery meat because of risk of E. coli

15 November 2019
Photo Credit: Caleb Woods   Posting recall No. 23 for beef because of the risk of E. coli infections, Canadian officials continue to repeat vague information about the situation that now includes 875 individual products. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency also continues to report that it has not received any information about confirmed illnesses in […]
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CFIA recalls Compliments brand vegetable products because of listeria risk

6 November 2019
Photo Credit: CDC The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) has recalled Compliments brand fresh-cut vegetable products because of a possible health hazard risk of listeria in the food. The compliments brand is sold by company Sobeys Inc. in nine provinces across Canada including Alberta,  British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, […]
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Halloween safe houses planned for north Edmonton trick-or-treaters

31 October 2019
Photo Credit: David Menidrey   EDMONTON - Edmonton’s Fraser Community has set up a network of safe houses for the night of Oct. 31 to support neighbourhood trick-or-treaters. More than a dozen residents have signed up to be designated as a Halloween safe house. On Halloween, trick-or-treaters will be able to visit a safe house […]
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More fresh food means more food safety headaches

29 October 2019
Photo Credit: Ja Ma   Auditor Steritech flags top problems across supermarket departments The influx of more fresh and prepared offerings has made upholding food safety a more complicated task for supermarkets, according to food safety auditor Steritech.In nearly 3,000 assessments conducted last year, Charlotte, N.C.-based Steritech found common mistakes in food safety practices across […]
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Washing your hands is the best way to stop the E. coli superbug

24 October 2019
Photo Credit: Allie   People failing to wash their hands after going to the toilet, rather than undercooked meat or other food, is behind the spread of antibiotic-resistant E.coli according to new research. Humans and animals carry E. coli bacteria in the gut. It is usually harmless, but some strains cause food poisoning, others cause […]
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More Beef Products Pulled Off Shelves Due To E. Coli Risk The products have been pulled off shelves at Whole Foods, Walmart and other retailers.

22 October 2019
Photo Credit: CDC    Whole Foods is the latest grocery chain affected by a recall of hundreds of beef and veal products across Canada due to possible E. coli contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has added more than 50 beef products sold at the chain to the list of 800-plus recalled items. Potentially contaminated […]
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Food safety starts with biosecurity

17 October 2019
Photo Credit: Amber Kipp   Those who manage biosecure livestock barns are careful to have visitors suit up properly, but statistics show employees might not be as careful when entering and leaving barns. A University of Montreal study of poultry farms showed biosecurity mistakes can lead to contamination throughout a barn TORONTO — Many food […]
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Celebrate World Mental Health Awareness Day with PFA!

11 October 2019
Photo Credit: Sean Kong    Good health is not just a reflection of the body but a reflection of the mind as well. Today is Mental Health Awareness day! Take time to sit down with a friend, a family member, someone at school, someone at work and ask how they are doing. Something so simple, […]
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First aid lessons begin in schools ahead of roll-out

8 October 2019
Photo Credit: Kimberly Farmer   First aid lessons begin in schools ahead of roll-out 12 September 2019 Trials of first aid lessons in English schools begin this month, with the classes becoming compulsory from 2020. A total of 1,600 schools from around the country are taking part. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the new health […]
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Psychological first aid certification now recognized by Red Cross

4 October 2019
Photo Credit: Kinga Cichewicz   CALGARY -- Standard first aid training has been a requirement in many workplaces for years to ensure someone is able to stabilize injuries before the professionals take over. Now, a new certification, psychological first aid, is being endorsed by the Red Cross. The course helps people learn how to navigate […]
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Food insecurity grows as oceans warm, ice sheets melt, says U of A researcher

2 October 2019
Photo Credit: Jennifer Latuperisa-Andresen   UN study documents implications of warming oceans, fast-melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica A landmark study about the impact of global warming on the Earth's oceans, permafrost and glaciers paints a bleak picture of environmental devastation. But an Edmonton professor who was part of the research team says the […]
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Food safety tips for poultry

25 September 2019
Photo Credit: Tim Bish   “Don’t wash your chicken,” is one of the important tips that the Partnership for Food Safety Education encourages consumers to follow to prevent food-borne illnesses. These illnesses, commonly called food poisoning, affect over 40 million Americans each year. Gastrointestinal problems is the most common symptom of a food borne illness […]
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Pork slaughter rules give companies more food safety tasks

18 September 2019
Photo Credit: Ana Azevedo   The federal government finalized a new rule for most U.S. pork processing plants Tuesday that allows meatpackers to remove limits on the speed of production lines and place more animal inspection and food safety tasks with company employees. The first significant processing rule changes in 50 years were long overdue, […]
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New technology fighting foodborne outbreaks

13 September 2019
Photo Credit: Darko Djurin   Globalization and antibiotic resistance are new challenges in keeping consumers healthy, but new technology using whole genome sequencing (WGS) will help react to outbreaks more effectively. This is according to Brian Katzowitz from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Disease, who spoke to […]
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TEST YOUR FOOD SAFETY SAVVY

11 September 2019
Photo Credit: Sebastian Coman Photography   This year’s theme for National Food Safety Month is Controlling Risk: The Elements of a Food Safety Management System (FSMS). Having an FSMS in place can provide a framework for everyone on your team to know and implement practices that keep everyone safe. Take this quiz to see how you’re […]
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Company expands chicken nugget recall for bone fragment hazard

6 September 2019
Photo Credit: Nadine Primeau Potential danger from bone fragments in animal shaped chicken nuggets spurred Maître Saladier Inc. to recall an undisclosed volume of the product, which is now thought to have been distributed nationwide in Canada. Initially the recall of the frozen, uncooked chicken nuggets included product distributed to retailers in Ontario and Quebec. […]
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FREE Vehicle First Aid Kit with the PFA at the PNE!

17 August 2019
Are you enjoying your Summer? Well good news, summer just got a whole lot better! Pacific First Aid welcomes you to come visit us at our booth at Vancouver's PNE at 2901 E Hastings St. The Pacific First Aid team will be happy to have you come by and say hi, and get yourself a […]
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How long does it actually take to get food poisoning?

16 August 2019
Photo Credit: Kolar.io   Food poisoning occurs when you eat contaminated food, which can result in a whole host of gastrointestinal symptoms. "The signs and symptoms are usually abdominal cramps, nausea with or without vomiting and diarrhea," said Dr. John Pandolfino, chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Symptoms also include feeling weak […]
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7 Tips for Creating a Meaningful Food Safety Program

8 August 2019
Photo Credit: Jason Leung   In August 2010, thousands of people across the United States were poisoned by eating eggs unknowingly tainted with Salmonella enteritidis bacteria. Following a lengthy investigation, the owners of the facility where the outbreak began, Jack and Peter DeCoster of Quality Eggs, LLC, were sentenced to three months in prison. This […]
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Heat Stroke is No Joke

5 August 2019
Photo Credit: Eirik Uhlen   Canadian weather has a way of tending to the extremes. Traditionally (and perhaps stereotypically), the country is associated with extreme cold, ice and wintery conditions. However, the summers can be just as intense and come with a unique set of circumstances that require safety planning. National Summer Safety Week is […]
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Spot check of almost 300 leafy greens samples shows serious contamination

31 July 2019
Photo Credit: Vince Lee   Major retailers including Whole Foods Market and Costco were among those where Consumer Reports found leafy greens contaminated with the potentially deadly bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. The pre-eminent consumer watchdog group gathered 284 samples of fresh leafy greens and tested them for the pathogen, according to a statement from the organization. […]
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Agri-Neo food-safety solution receives recognition

22 July 2019
Photo Credit: Maddi Bazzocco   As consumers across the globe look for safer and healthier food options, innovative Canadian companies, such as Agri-Neo Inc., are developing solutions to safely feed the world. Agri-Neo Inc. received a FedDev Ontario contribution of $570,000 for the commercialization of their innovative food safety solution. Agri-Neo Inc., a Toronto-based company, […]
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CFIA issues food recall warning of Eat Smart salad product over Listeria concerns Eat Smart sweet kale salad bag

11 July 2019
Photo Credit: Jasmin Schreiber   The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a food recall warning of Eat Smart’s Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad Bag Kit due to possible Listeria contamination. The recall applies to the salad bag kit sold across New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. Parent company […]
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Dog food sold in Canada and U.S. could be linked to deadly disease

5 July 2019
Photo Credit: Jamie Street   Pet food products widely available in Canada are being investigated in the U.S. for possible connections to a disease that can be deadly for dogs. The Food and Drug Administration has received more than 500 complaints about cases of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) potentially linked to consumption of certain brands […]
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China suspends imports from Canadian pork company over food safety issues

18 June 2019
Photo Credit: Sebastian Coman Photography   MONTREAL -- China is targeting another Canadian pork producer by temporarily halting imports allegedly over food safety issues at a time when diplomatic tensions are intensifying between the two countries. The decision follows the reported discovery of ractopamine, a food additive banned in China, in a shipment of frozen pork […]
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Canada Meat Council Very Aware Of African Swine Fever

13 June 2019
Photo Credit: Laura Anderson   African Swine Fever has made it's way into European countries, Russia, and all began in China. It's not a danger or threat to humans, though if pigs or hogs contract the illness, it's fatal. The Canadian Meat Council is working closely with the government of Canada to keep the disease […]
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Food Recall Warning (Allergen) - Certain Daesang brand rice seasoning mixes recalled due to undeclared egg

10 June 2019
Photo Credit: Matthew Lakeland     OTTAWA, June 1, 2019 /CNW/ - Seoul Trading Corp is recalling certain Daesang brand rice seasoning mixes from the marketplace because they contain egg which is not declared on the label. People with an allergy to egg should not consume the recalled products described below. The following products have been sold in British […]
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Raspberry Products Have Been Recalled in Quebec Due To The Presence Of Virus

7 June 2019
Photo Credit: Rodion Kutsaev   Quebec has seen a series of food recalls in recent days due to raspberries potentially contaminated with norovirus, a dangerous pathogen. The raspberries in question come from Chile. Yesterday, recalls were issued for the France Délices brand Choco-Raspberry Crunchy. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a warning to consumers who bought the product up […]
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Get in the Sun! 3 Benefits of getting sun!

30 May 2019
Photo Credit: Marko Blažević   Summer is finally upon us! Whether your beach body is ready or not, you should take some time to soak in those beautiful rays of sunshine. just like the food you eat, the sun makes an amazing difference on your health! Here are 3 benefits of getting some sun! Keep […]
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Chick-fil-A taps AI to identify food safety issues

29 May 2019
Chick-fil-A is using a customized artificial intelligence system that provides the company with algorithms to analyze social media posts for potential food safety issues across its system. The system was created to enable the company to be more proactive in identifying and addressing food safety risks, according to VentureBeat.  Davis Addy, the chain’s senior principal […]
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These are the most common food-borne illnesses and what foods carry them

13 May 2019
Photo Credit: Aral Tasher   Food-borne illnesses keep millions of Canadians in their bathrooms – and sometimes the hospital – every year. Although many of them cause similar symptoms, like vomiting and diarrhea, there are many bacteria and parasites that can make you sick. According to a recent report from the Centres for Disease Control, […]
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Canada-wide chicken nugget recall

27 March 2019
Photo Credit: Clayton Tonna   Sofina Foods Inc. is recalling Janes brand Pub Style Chicken Nuggets across Canada due to risk of possible Salmonella contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued the food recall on Wednesday, March 21, warning consumers not to eat the product described by the food product supplier. Specifically, consumers should not eat […]
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5 Ways to Help keep a Positive Attitude!

13 March 2019
Photo Credit: Clay Banks   Have you ever felt drained, tired or like stress is weighing down on you, making it hard to focus and keep a positive attitude? It can be difficult to stay in a good mood when life doesn't seem to be going your way or your just having a bad day. Well […]
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5 Ways to Increase Cognitive Function

27 February 2019
Photo Credit: Zafer   There are days that you can just feel off you’re A-game and just out of it. It can be challenge to pull oneself out of this sluggish state, although there are some tricks you can use to boost your cognitive function and bring you back to a sharp state of mind. […]
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Six-month old Salmonella outbreak from raw turkey continues to expand

20 February 2019
Photo Credit: Deyse   The deadly multistate outbreak of multiple drug-resistant Salmonella infections linked to raw turkey products continues to expand, according to the latest update from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. The outbreak dates back to last July and the most recent of four associated recalls occurred only […]
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5 Things to Keep in Your Car During Winter

16 February 2019
Photo Credit: Adam Stefanca   UH-OH here comes more snow! Thought winter was over? Well it’s back and it has brought a lot of snow with it! Here are 5 things to keep in your car while driving through this winter wonderland! For more first aid, first aid training, first aid training course sign up, […]
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How did leftover spaghetti kill a healthy 20-year-old?

5 February 2019
Photo Credit: Krista Stucchio   The tragic story of a 20-year-old Belgian man who died after eating days-old spaghetti is getting renewed interest after an American professor highlighted the story on his popular YouTube page. The person who posted the video, who claims to be an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Illinois, based […]
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New app provides food establishment health inspection reports

1 February 2019
Photo Credit: Oleg Magni   A new app is allowing Canadians to get the dirt on their favourite eateries. The Tomati app provides public data on health inspection reports for food establishments that are pulled from health authority websites. The restaurants are then given a score based on the reports. Software developer Egor Philippov said […]
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LET’S TALK MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WITH “BELL LETS TALK”

30 January 2019
  Today is Bell’s Lets talk day! In September 2010, Bell Let’s Talk was started! Intended to be a new dialogue about Canada’s mental health and mental health awareness in general. In 2010 the landscape for discussion on mental illness was very sparse to say the least. The level of awareness to mental health and […]
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Australian scientists discover how to fight Bacillus cereus bacteria

15 January 2019
Photo Credit: CDC   Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) have uncovered how Bacillus cereus works and how to combat it. The team found out how the bacteria interacts with the immune system, discovered how it sustains itself and how symptoms might be treated. The work was published in the Nature Microbiology journal.Lead researcher […]
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5 Productive Habits for 2019

8 January 2019
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden   Have you been making good on your new years resolution for another new year? Has your 2019 kicked off to a successful and productive start? Well here are 5 easy habits to incorporate into your daily grind that may help you to make sure your hitting those goals! Because without […]
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Top 10 food safety stories of 2018

5 January 2019
Photo Credit: Natalie Rhea Riggs   Editor’s note: Today Food Safety News takes a look back at the Top 10 most important food safety news events for 2018. Since 2009 we’ve shared our rankings with our readers. As in past years, our Top 10 list for 2018 is not merely a list of individual stories […]
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First Aid Boxing Day Sale Extended!!

27 December 2018
Photo Credit: Kari Shea    Sale alert! Just in case you missed the chance to shop for all your first aid needs on boxing day, we have extended the sale to Saturday the 29th of December! So, don't miss out on this STORE WIDE Sale on Pacificfirstaid.ca This is our way of saying a Happy […]
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First Aid Boxing Day Sale!

22 December 2018
Photo Credit: Lina Verovaya   It is that time of year again, the holidays are here and their is so much to do! Are you ready for Christmas, have you finished all of your holiday shopping yet? Don’t miss Pacific First Aid’s boxing day sale! Get discounts on EVERY item in our online store! Although […]
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Repeat outbreaks pressure produce industry to step up safety

13 December 2018
Photo Credit: Daniel Fazio   NEW YORK — After repeated food poisoning outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce, the produce industry is confronting the failure of its own safety measures in preventing contaminations.The E. coli outbreak announced just before Thanksgiving follows one in the spring that sickened more than 200 people and killed five, and another […]
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Salmonella outbreak tied to cucumbers slowing; investigation continues

30 November 2018
Photo Credit: Harshal S. Hirve By News Desk on November 29, 2018 Canadian officials say a Salmonella outbreak associated with fresh cucumbers appears to be winding down, but they are continuing their investigation in hopes of pinpointing the source of the bacteria that infected 55 people across the country. No recalls were initiated in relation to the outbreak. Confirmed […]
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There’s a magic number when cooking beef — and it’s 71 C

24 November 2018
Photo Credit: Armando Ascorve Morales   Doubts had been raised on the safe temperature for cooked beef, but new research has settled the question Your burger is still done at 71 C. New research has concluded that all E. coli pathogens are killed at that temperature. “The last time people wrote articles about this in […]
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How Tech Could Fix the Food Safety Crisis

20 November 2018
Photo Credit: Stephanie Studer The benefits for all of foodservice could be huge. There’s no denying that foodborne illness outbreaks are on the rise. Recently, 6 million pounds of ground beef were recalled due to salmonella contamination. Last spring, there was a widespread romaine lettuce investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to […]
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Interested in Learning about Psychological First Aid?

8 November 2018
Photo Credit: Robina Weermeijer   Are you interested in learning more about first aid for mental health and self care? Looking for new ways to handle stress and pressure? Well you may be interested in attending Pacific First Aid’s Psychological First Aid (PFA) course! As this course teaches strategies on how to help those who […]
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Keith Warriner awarded for efforts

6 November 2018
Photo Credit: Nathan Dumlao   Friend of the barfblog and fresh food safety advocate Keith Warriner of the University of Guelph has been recognized by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) with an award. U of G and Moyers Apple Products were awarded the 2018 Mind to Market Award for Outstanding Research Collaboration and Commercialization […]
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Sesame Could be Added to U.S. Food Labels as a Major Allergen

2 November 2018
The FDA has taken a first step towards consideration of adding sesame to the list of allergens required to be identified on food labels. The effort could help protect individuals with sesame allergies.1 FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency is seeing evidence that sesame allergies may be a growing concern in the United States. […]
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Flu Prevention

26 October 2018
Photo Credit: Matthew Tkocz   With the change of seasons comes a renewed focus on the flu and the ways we can protect ourselves against infection. Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection. Up to ten per cent of the Canadian population is affected by the flu each year. Those that are generally healthy will […]
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Looking to Learn First Aid?

24 October 2018
Photo Credit: Andrea Piacquadio   Are you looking to gain some great first aid skills? Then do we have the course for you! The Standard First Aid Course is a 16-hour course that is spread out over two consecutive days and includes CPR skills and certification. The course provides comprehensive first aid & CPR techniques […]
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8 Tips to Avoid Getting Sick and Spreading the Flu or Cold!

18 September 2018
Photo Credit: Krzysztof Hepner   8 Tips to Avoid Getting Sick and Spreading the Flu or Cold!   Trying to make it through the year without getting sick? Cold and flu season are right around the corner, so here are few tips to help you to prevent the spread of germs and sickness!   Sneeze […]
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5 Benefits of the Cold on the Body

14 September 2018
Photo Credit: Denny Franzkowiak   It’s sad to say summer has come to an end, with fall and winter creeping in the temperature begins to drop. Although this may seem like a dread to go back to, after enjoying a beautiful summer in sandals and shorts, but there are actually some health benefits to cold […]
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5 Uses for a Multi-tool

11 September 2018
Photo Credit: Markus Spiske   Need a jack of all trades tool with you at all times? Want to be prepared with a tool equipped for various situations? Well then you may need your very own multi-tool! A multi-tool is an easy to carry and versatile tool to keep on your person for times in […]
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3 Reasons to use a Trekking or Walking Stick Hiking

6 September 2018
Photo Credit: Alfonso Cerezo   Love hitting the trails? Planning some hikes this autumn to see the beautiful changing colors of the leaves? If so may be looking to set yourself up with some new gear! If that’s the case, you may want to add a trekking stick or more commonly referred to as a […]
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3 Easy Tips to Remove a Splinter!

5 September 2018
Photo Credit: CDC   If you’re spending some time out on the deck this summer, you may have experienced the unfortunate feeling of stepping on splinter! Ouch, not only are splinters painful but can be very tricky to remove! Here are three easy tips you may not have learned in first aid training or a […]
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5 Uses for an Emergency Blanket

30 August 2018
Most hikers and campers have an essential list of items they always carry in their kit when going into the woods. Although their may be one surprisingly useful and versatile piece of kit that’s been overlooked. The emergency blanket, is a multi-tool in itself and well worth the space it takes in your pack. The […]
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3 Reasons to Keep a First Aid Kit in the Office

29 August 2018
Photo Credit: Drew Beamer   You never know when an emergency is going to take place, that is why it is best to be well prepared. Having a first aid kit in one’s workplace or office is a great reassurance to allow for a safer work environment. Here are three reasons to keep your very […]
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Tired When Your Driving?

23 August 2018
Photo Credit: Einar H. Reynis   Do you have a long commute to make before and after work? Are you working a job that requires you to be behind the wheel for long periods of time? Well then you’ll be familiar with the terrifying feeling when you start to feel sleepy and your head begins […]
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3 Reasons to Take Food Safety Training

22 August 2018
Photo Credit: Evan Wise   Understanding food safety and getting certified food safety training is incredibly important. Having the skills that a food safety course provides can prevent all sorts of foodborne illnesses from effecting someone enjoying your food! Here are three top reasons to sign up for a food safety course:   Preventing foodborne […]
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3 Reasons to Wear Your Sunscreen!

16 August 2018
Photo Credit: Gabriel Lamza   Enjoying the last months of summer? Trying to get the last few days in the sun in before fall and winter come in to spoil the fun in the sun? Well you better wear your sunscreen! There are a multitude of reasons to protect your skin with sun screen, here […]
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5 Uses for a Knife in the Outdoors

14 August 2018
Photo Credit: Thanh Tran   Heading out into the mountains this summer? Hitting the trails for a weekend of adventure and exercise? Well make sure to pack an emergency situation. One piece of kit you should always carry when heading into the woods is a knife. Although it can be dangerous, a knife can be […]
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3 ways to Build a Fire in the Wild

9 August 2018
Photo Credit: Denis Kirichenko   Adventuring into the great outdoors? Well then, you will know the importance of having the ability to build and maintain a campfire. Having a fire can be the difference between life and death in a survival scenario in any remote area. Here are three easy ways to build a fire: […]
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Keeping Your Water Clean While Camping and Hiking

8 August 2018
Photo Credit: Chris Abney   Getting out in the wilderness and going for a long winded hike or setting up a camp and living in the peace and solitude of the great outdoors for a weekend can both be very refreshing. Although when venturing out into these untamed woods it is very important you come […]
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5 Tips to More Energy

3 August 2018
Photo Credit: Murillo de Paula   Ever feel like you can’t seem to get out of bed or are you crashing at work in the middle of the day? Never feel like you have enough energy to make it through the day? Well here are 5 tips that could help boost your energy levels throughout […]
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5 Healthy Snacks to Keep Away the Cravings

1 August 2018
Photo Credit: Edward Howell   Staying on a strict diet is no easy challenge, it is an uphill battle! One of the hardest things to fend off are all the cravings that come along with any food restrictive diet. One of the best ways to avoid giving into these cravings is snacking! Believe it or […]
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5 Tips to A Healthy Morning Routine

26 July 2018
Photo Credit: Jenny Hill    Do you have a hard time waking up in the morning? Are you hitting the snooze over and over, to enjoy just a few minutes more of sleep? Well here are some tips for all non early birds to try out, that could help you become more effective in the […]
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First Aid Tips for Bug Bites

24 July 2018
Photo Credit: Dmitry Grigoriev   Have you been out enjoying the summer heat this year? It’s great to spend some time in the sun at the beach or at a BBQ, although it can be annoying when those pesky bugs are out and biting. Here are a few simple first aid tips for bug bites. […]
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5 Easy Tips to Keep Your Health in Check

13 July 2018
Photo Credit:  Scott Broome   Are you living your healthiest life? Is it possible you could trim the fat, so to speak? Here are 5 easy tips to incorporate in to your daily lifestyle to make sure your as healthy as can be! For more first aid, first aid training, first aid training course sign […]
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5 Easy Tips to Healthier living!

5 July 2018
Photo Credit: Jess Bailey   Sometimes being in bad mood is more than just emotions or the situation your in, it can actually be caused by poor diet and not living a healthy life style. Here are some health tips that you may not learn from first aid training or attending a first aid course. […]
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First Aid Tips for Fainting

3 July 2018
Photo Credit: Johnny Cohen   Fainting can be caused by a number of different reasons, from emotional overload to heat exhaustion. Fainting can be very dangerous and should be treated with care and caution. If you don’t have any first aid training or attended a first aid course, then here are a few first aid […]
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First Aid Tips for Broken Bones

29 June 2018
Photo Credit: Harlie Raethel   You don’t have to be an extreme athlete in a dangerous sport to break bones. Broken bones are a common occurrence and have a large variation in levels of severity. If you have never had any first aid training or taken a first aid course, then here are some tips […]
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Outdoor First Aid Tips for Hikers

27 June 2018
Photo Credit: Danka & Peter   It’s the perfect time of year to get out into the sun and enjoy the great outdoors. If you are a hiker or a camper, it’s best you know these important first aid tips whether you have had first aid training or attended a first aid course.   How […]
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First Aid Tips for Runners

19 June 2018
Photo Credit: Andrew Tanglao   With the sun out, it’s a perfect time to get out your running shoes and go for a run! Anyone who has ever participated in any sort of long distance race should have some basic first aid knowledge from first aid training or a first aid course. But if you […]
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Why So Tired!

24 May 2018
Photo Credit: Adrian Swancar   Do you find yourself feeling sleepy all the time? Or feeling multiple crashes in energy throughout the work day? Here are a few reasons you may be experiencing this seemingly random fatigue, that they may not teach you in your mental health first aid course or first aid training.   […]
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CPR Tips for Drowning Children

23 May 2018
Photo Credit: Emilio Garcia   Drowning is the number one cause of injury based cause of death in children from ages 1-4. It doesn’t take a deep pool for a child to drown it can happen in as little as 5cm of water. For those parents who want to teach their children to swim at […]
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Top 5 First Aid Tips for Restaurants

17 May 2018
Photo Credit: Siamak   Working in a restaurant is one of the most fast paced and stressful jobs out there. Although it may look like fun on the food network, it is actually a work place with a multitude of potential hazards. When a breakfast, lunch or dinner rush hits a kitchen it is sent […]
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First Aid Tips for Snakebites in North America

17 May 2018
Photo Credit: Chris Curry   One of the most common human fears if not thee most common is the fear of snakes, also known as Ophidiophobia. Here are some first aid tips you should know when studying first aid training or taking a first aid course. These tips could save your life in a potentially […]
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3 Tips to Keep a Positive Mind set

11 May 2018
Photo Credit: Robin Higgins   There are times in our lives when we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, heavy hearted or just an overall feeling of negativity towards life and whatever it throws at us. Although there are so many ways to get out of this way of thinking, here are three ways we suggest to […]
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5 Mental Health First Aid Tips to Enjoy the Sun

3 May 2018
Photo Credit: Jordan Wozniak   With the sun on it’s way and the summer months approaching rapidly, you tell yourself you really want to enjoy this year’s summer more than ever before. Although sometimes mental health issues: depression, anxiety and other feelings that cause us not to want to leave the house get in the […]
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5 Tips for Productive Napping

1 May 2018
Photo Credit: Gregory Pappas   Although it may seem counter productive to take an afternoon nap when you are trying to get things done. But in fact sleep studies have shown a short afternoon nap can boost productivity and creativity. With that being said there is a right way and wrong way to nap, napping […]
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5 Self Care and Mental Health First Aid Easy Tips

24 April 2018
Photo Credit: Finn   Here are 5 easy tips you may not have learned at your mental health first aid course. HALT Halt Is a principle taught in mental health first aid training, that is basic and simple in approach but effective. Don’t allow yourself to be: H ungry A ngry L onley T ired […]
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How to Treat Minor Burns

17 April 2018
Photo Credit: Thomas Kinto   Accidentally touching a hot stove or getting splashed by boiling hot water are two of the most common household causes of burns. If you or a family member is burned it is important to identify what kind of burn it is. Here are few tips to treat burns that you […]
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What to do if someone is having a stroke

12 April 2018
First aid training is a great skill to have in any emergency situation. It can prevent the worst from happening in a horrific situation. So whether you have first aid training, first aid certificate or not, these next tips will give an idea of what to do in the situation.
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Tips For Your Own Emergency Kit

10 April 2018
You should ask your self if you and your family are prepared for disaster to strike. In any disaster or state of emergency it can take first aid respondents awhile to get to you. You should be 72 hours ready, as it is essential you are able to take care of yourself in a disaster […]
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Need to Know When Getting a Pleasure Craft License

5 April 2018
Photo Credit: Marcin Ciszewski   There are many reasons for wanting to own a pleasure craft. Although before you go and get one it is very important you understand the rules, regulations and processes for acquiring one so you don’t end up breaking the laws in place. Here are a few tips to keep in […]
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Food Safety Tips for your next BBQ

3 April 2018
Photo Credit: Paul Hermann    As the weather gets better and people start coming out of their homes to spend time with friends, you start to get the urge to get the BBQ out and have all your friends around for a day of eating in the sun. Although it is important you brush up […]
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Are You Ready to Be a Babysitter?

29 March 2018
Photo Credit: Allen Taylor Have your parents or guardians help you decide if you are ready to take on this important job. With their help, you should think about what you will and won't be able to handle as a babysitter. For example, you may decide to only watch children ages 3 and up or […]
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TIPS TO FORKLIFT SAFETY

27 March 2018
Photo Credit: Elevate 1. Be Prepared   When operating a forklift, it is important to take every safety precaution. Proper training is essential before getting behind the wheel, as driving a forklift can be just as hazardous or more so than operating a motor vehicle. There are several locations that provide fork lift training Vancouver. […]
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Ice safety: If you go on the ice, prepare to go through it

23 March 2018
Photo Credit: Joyce McCown  By Shelly Makrugin Knowledge, equipment, and skill. Those are the three things that can help you stay safe on the ice and survive if you fall through it. That’s according to Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, who operates the Laboratory for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at the University of Manitoba and was the […]
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Study Claims Rexall Place Has Worst Food Safety Record

19 March 2018
Sourced From: Ezra Jeffrey-Comeau   celebrityaccess.com Feb. 11, 2018 EDMONTON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A study by ESPN has taken Rexall Place to task for having the worst food safety record among the top all major Canadian arenas and stadiums. According to a report by CBC, Edmonton health inspectors found numerous violations at the venue during […]
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Unhealthy batch of raspberries

19 March 2018
Photo Credit: Pixabay Unhealthy batch of raspberries could possibly be why 100's of Quebecers have been sick final summer time, report says luxoraleader.com, Feb. 11, 2018 A batch of frozen raspberries from China that was recalled by the provincial government could have made hundreds of Quebecers sick last summer, according to a recent (report). More […]
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Tips for cold and flu season

10 January 2018
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema   I got a cold in September; early enough for others experiencing similar symptoms to question if it was their allergies but, as I don’t get allergies,
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Calgary man uses his new first aid skills - on himself!

10 January 2018
By Kayleigh Montgomery Last year, Robert Falconer went into anaphylactic shock. “I didn’t know what to do or how to react. I had to call 911 and be taken to the hospital." He was then diagnosed with a rare condition called idiopathic histamine response syndrome. This is a severe allergy to an unknown substance in the […]
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