Barnesville Hospital offering 'Safe Sitter' courseBarnesville Hospital will be offering a "Safe Sitter" course for girls and boys age 11 to 13 on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Barnesville First Christian Church New Life Center.The Safe Sitter program is a medically accurate program that teaches young adolescents how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. The cost is $30 with enrollment limited to 20 students.Students need to bring a sack lunch and drink.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 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 more information or to register your son or daughter, contact Peggy Douglass, (740) 425-5158.