How to Learn Life-Saving Skills
After you call 911, it takes an average of 8 to 12 minutes for first responders to arrive, according to the American Red Cross. But with proper training, did you know there’s a lot you can do to help on the spot if there’s an emergency? There are many classes and resources available to help you prepare. Here are some ways you can start to learn life-saving skills today:
Take a CPR Class
Taking a CPR class is a great way to start learning life-saving skills. And, depending on the class, it may even cover automated external defibrillator (AED) administration or choking, according to AED.com. The American Red Cross states that when learning CPR, it’s also important to know the difference between administering it on kids and adults. While many classes include CPR training for both age groups, be sure to check with your class organizer to confirm what’s covered
Learn First Aid
AED.com states that first aid courses will teach you how to recognize and assess an emergency situation. Most classes will cover a range of topics from treating burns to controlling bleeding. Depending on the first aid course, it might also include CPR training, so this is a great option if you want to learn both sets of skills.
Learn Water Safety Tips
If you have a swimming pool at your home or live near a body of water, you might want to consider learning water safety tips. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s PoolSafely.gov website is a great place to get started. It offers tips such as installing pool covers and learning how to perform CPR, among others. In addition, if you have children, teaching them how to swim (and stay away from pool drains) can be a crucial life saving skill, says PoolSafely.gov. Consider enrolling your children in a swimming class to help them get started.
Take an AED Class
While some CPR or first aid classes cover AED training, there are also courses designed specifically for AED administration. The American Red Cross, for example, will help you identify situations where an AED device may need to be used and how to use it. In addition to AED training, you will also learn traditional CPR methods as these two life-saving skills typically go hand-in-hand.
Learn Pet-Focused First Aid
If you have pets, you can participate in a pet safety training course in case your four-legged friend is ever involved in an emergency situation. The American Red Cross offers online training classes for pet safety specific to cats and dogs, which covers topics from checking your pets vitals to cardiac emergencies.
Learning life-saving skills can teach you how to help others when emergencies arise. By signing up for a training class and learning proper life-saving skills, you can prepare yourself to help in an emergency situation.
Originally published on April 28, 2014.