Learn Life-Saving Skills

20 Days to Ready: Learn Life-Saving Skills (Day 13)

20 Days to Ready is a series of simple, daily tasks to help you better prepare for emergencies and protect your family when disaster strikes. Follow along, day by day, and you’ll be more ready (for just about anything) in a few short weeks.

ASSIGNMENT:  Sign Up for CPR and First Aid Classes

Once 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 the proper training, there’s a lot you can do to help right on the spot—and that can make all the difference.

Here are some ways to start learning life-saving skills today:

  • Sign up for a CPR class. Visit the American Heart Association’s website to find a course in your area.
  • Register for a first aid course. The American Red Cross offers info on first aid and AED (automated external defibrillator) use here.
  • If you have a home swimming pool or live near a body of water, learn water safety tips. The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s PoolSafely.gov site is a good place to start.

You can also go for classes that teach skills specific to infants, pets or other situations. Sign up for a class today and prepare yourself to step in and potentially save a life some day.

Click here to follow along with more “20 Days to Ready” emergency preparedness tasks.

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