If you haven’t ever taken a CPR class, now is a good time to cross that off your list. Learning a few simple techniques can help you maintain composure and take control in an emergency situation where someone may be unresponsive or choking, and most importantly, it could be the difference between life and death.
Always follow these tips, taken from the American Red Cross, to administer life-saving support:
- Survey the area to ensure safety. Move yourself and the victim out of harm’s way before employing CPR.
- Check for responsiveness. Tap the person’s shoulder and ask them if they are okay.
- Call for help. Dial 9-1-1 or ask a bystander to make the call for you while you render aid.
- Administer support. Rendering care is different for infants, children, and adults, so it is important that you know how to provide care in all three situations using the tools you learned in your certified CPR class.
The Whatcom County Fire District Seven offers FREE CPR Classes year round, so there’s no reason not to sign up! The classes cover care for infants, children, and adults. They typically last 2-3 hours long, and include all the basics on employing CPR and choking techniques in emergency situations. You also have the option to pay $30 to receive an AHA CPR Heartsaver certificate. If you live outside of Whatcom County, check the American Heart Association’s website to locate CPR classes near you.