20 Days to Ready: Learn Life-Saving Skills (Day 13)
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.
Recommended by the Editors:
- Day 12: Arrange to Stay Connected
- Day 11: Consider a Corded Phone
- Day 10: Organize Emergency Contacts
- Day 9: Fix Up a First Aid Kit
- Day 8: Find a Radio for Any Scenario
- Day 7: Get a Guiding Light
- Day 6: Keep Water on Tap for Everyone
- Day 5: Grab Emergency Grub
- Day 4: Learn How to Turn It Off
- Day 3: Put Detectors on Duty
- Day 2: Create a Home Inventory
- Day 1: Back Up Your Docs