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CPR/AED Awareness Week: Get Trained

Reid Heiser and Jim Hammer

Reid Heiser and Jim Hammer

One quarter of Americans report that they have been in a situation where someone may have needed CPR

American Red Cross chapters around the country are hosting events and special trainings for CPR/AED Awareness Week, June 1 – 7. The week spotlights how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

Jim Hammer of Monroe, Mich., is one example. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for this guy,” Hammer said. He was referring to Reid Heiser, a teenager who saved his life using the skills he learned in a Red Cross CPR class just one week before Hammer collapsed at a recreation center.

One quarter of Americans report that they have been in a situation where someone may have needed CPR. Red Cross training can give people the skills and confidence they need to act in an emergency and to save lives.

There are several options for people to gain these lifesaving skills:

Get Trained

The Red Cross offers a variety of First Aid and CPR/AED courses, including a 30-minute Citizen CPR class where people can learn Hands-Only CPR. The Red Cross also offers a new Family First Aid and CPR online course for people who do not need certification.

Download the Red Cross First Aid App

The app provides instant, free information on how to perform CPR and how to treat someone who is having a heart attack. Available for iPhone and Android devices, the app features videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice.

Test Your Knowledge

Knowledge is powerful. Take the quiz to see how much you know (and be sure to cover up the answers!)

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About the American Red Cross:
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