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Fayette EMS to hold free safety class

| Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, 6:39 a.m.

Fayette EMS will hold a free safety class on Saturday.

“This is actually the first time we are doing a class like this,” said Todd Maust, public relations/education officer for Fayette EMS. “This class is free and will be a mix of lecture and hands-on. You do not have to participate in the hands-on part, but participation is always encouraged.”

The class will consist of child and infant CPR and first aid. Included will be topics on child restraints, seat belts, vehicle safety, home safety, child-proofing your house, bicycle safety and more, covering both information and prevention.

This is a non-certification class. Certification classes are offered at different times throughout the year and will be explained the day of the safety class.

Topics on vehicle safety will include drinking and driving and driving and texting. “I think people will be shocked to hear the statistics,” Maust said. “Many people have questions about car seats. We will show the participants the proper techniques to install car seats and we will also answer questions.”

The safety class will start at noon and last approximately 4-5 hours. It will be held at the Fayette EMS Learning Center, 301 S. Arch St., Connellsville.

“This is a free class for the public and the people who register can show up and leave at any time during the class,” Maust said. “We wanted to have a class that targets anybody that is around children or cares for children, such as parents, grandparents, first-time moms and dads.

“Accidental death is the leading cause of death among children and adolescents, with vehicle accidents being the number one type of accident,” he continued. “This is a very informative class. We are really trying to get safety information out to the public. Our goal, as EMS providers, is not only to provide medical care to the community, but also do our part to make the community safe. We do this by getting the information and training out there to the community. We want to be an active group in the area and I think this type of class will be a great start,” Maust added.

Organizers are hoping to have at least 30 people in attendance. All participants must register first, either by email or by phone — tmaust@fayetteems.com or 724-628-8610 ext. 319. The last day to register is Thursday. If this class goes well, Maust said he would like to have a class like this every few months.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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