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      Red Cross offers health and safety classes

      The American Red Cross is offering community health and safety classes in Escanaba.

      A group of children, ages 11 through 15, learned the basics of being a good babysitter. The one day class gives future babysitters the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. Red Cross Instructor, Jody Bergeon, said, "We give the basics of diaper changing, bottle feeding, spoon feeding and what to do in an emergency." She taught the future babysitters what to do in emergencies such as choking, falling, bleeding and burns.

      The hands-on course also included digital training materials and instructional booklets.

      Lucas Hughes, 11, of Flat Rock said, "I learned to perform CPR if anybody is choking. And if somebody's bleeding, how to bandage them up."

      Upcoming August classes in Escanaba are as follows: Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED ($90), Saturday, August 31,, 9-10:30 a.m. Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED ($110), Saturday. August 31, 9-10:45 a.m.

      The classes will be held at the Red Cross Escanaba office, located at 5401 1st Avenue North.

      Red Cross training courses meet OSHA guidelines, feature hands-on skills practice and include two-year certifications. Free digital materials and skill refreshers are provided.

      Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS for details and to register for a class.