The Office

The Red Cross got a shout out in an episode of The Office, which aired on NBC after the Super Bowl.

Michael Scott gathered his staff for a CPR training course after Stanley suffered a heart attack thanks in part to Dwight’s botched fire drill. In typical “Office” fashion, everything went horribly wrong, and even though I thought the episode was hilarious, it did a good job of raising some great points about being prepared in your office for an emergency.

While we don’t recommend starting a fire in your office like Dwight did, there are a lot of things you can do to keep yourself and your coworkers safe in a similar emergency.

Our website is full of information about preparedness, and we encourage people to take three easy steps: Make a plan, build a kit, and be informed.

In the case of a fire, here are a few quick tips to keep in mind:

* Install smoke alarms on every floor. Test them monthly and change batteries yearly
* Make an escape plan and practice your plan twice a year
* Identity an outside meeting place for employees to gather

CPR is more complicated, so that explains why you can’t get the dummy without the instructor as Michael mentioned. But getting trained in certified in CPR/AED/First Aid is easy, and thousands of people every day learn how its done either in their offices or at local Red Cross chapters.

Wendy Harman, redcrosschat.org.

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