One of the most important things to keep in mind when working at a chocolate factory, or in any other industry that involves dangerous equipment, is safety. At Dandelion Chocolate, we pride ourselves on being extra cautious when it comes to the safety of both our patrons and our employees. I, myself, am very involved in all things concerning safety at the factory, so when the opportunity arose to become certified in First Aid and CPR, I was happier than a slinky on an escalator! My co-worker Maverick was chosen to be my partner in crime, and needless to say we went to class eager to learn how to save lives “Dandelion Style”. For those of you unfamiliar with us wacky chocolate makers, we have an unspoken philosophy that all things Dandelion-related should be fun and lighthearted.
I have to admit, it was humorously difficult for us to get past the creepy dolls without faces (which were actually stored in equally creepy plastic bags!), but during instruction time we payed super close attention and worked hard to make sure we understood the procedures. As a matter of fact, Maverick was the lucky guy chosen to be the choking victim!
During the class, we learned all of the ways to identify “breathing emergencies” and how to tell the differences between them. We were shown how to handle the situations based on the victim’s age and body type. We learned how to use an AED machine, give CPR, and about the proper protocols in contacting Emergency Medical Services. We are now skilled in burn treatments, cuts and lacerations, and some really awesome tricks for bandaging wounds!
All joking aside, it was awesome to learn how to respond in emergency situations. I am proud to be certified by the Red Cross and I know Maverick is too. We had a great time learning the material and I can’t tell you how good it feels to know that there are people in the factory that are ready and willing to help if the need ever arises. Hopefully, our visitors will feel safer knowing that we are prepared as well!