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Barnesville Hospital Offering “Safe Sitter” Course

Barnesville Hospital will be offering a “Safe Sitter” course for girls and boys age 11 to 14 at the Barnesville Middle School as part of the 21st Century grant program. The course will be conducted in three parts, from 3:00 p.m. 5:15 p.m. on March 3, 10, and 17th. The Safe Sitter program is a medically accurate program that teaches young adolescents how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. Enrollment is limited to 18 students.

The goal of Safe Sitter, a nationally recognized program, is to reduce the number of avoidable and unintentional deaths among children being cared for by babysitters. The course teaches sitters how to have fun with children, recognize a medical emergency and know the appropriate action to take, how to handle specific ages, injury prevention techniques, safety for the sitter and the children, care of the choking child, preventing problem behavior, and the business of babysitting. During the course, students get hands-on practice in basic lifesaving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis.

All information is taught by trained Safe Sitter Instructors. To successfully complete the Safe Sitter program, the students have to attend all three sessions and pass a practical and written test to show that they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.

For further information or to register your son or daughter, contact Peggy Douglass, (740) 425-5158.