American Red Cross Celebrates National Cpr/Aed Awareness Week

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The American Red Cross encourages everyone to learn how to save a life during National CPR/AED Awareness Week June 1 through 7. Learning the skills could mean the difference between life and death.

There’s no question your local Red Cross will be there to provide help and relief when severe weather strikes, after a home fire or disaster, but we also help people prepare for life’s emergencies.

As part of National CPR/AED Awareness Week, and throughout the year, the Grand Canyon Chapter is offering CPR and AED courses.

As we head into summer, it is important to know these lifesaving skills before participating in water-related activities. A 2009 Red Cross survey revealed one in four people know someone who drowned. A new survey indicates one in every four people say they have been in a situation where someone needed CPR.

Additionally, sudden cardiac arrest causes nearly 300,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Email training@arizonaredcross.org for more details.

Another option is learning basic life-saving skills at home, in the office, in classrooms or anywhere it’s convenient to practice skills, with the Red Cross’s First Aid and CPR for Everyone Kit.

Although not intended to substitute for a formal training course, this product was designed to provide consumers an educational overview of valuable first aid and CPR information and skills.

The box set features an illustrated guide to demonstrate hand placement on the chest and a compression practice tool to help measure just the right amount of pressure needed to properly administer chest compressions.

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