Are You Prepared for Summer Safety? -

Are You Prepared for Summer Safety?

Summers are finally here! So, what are your safety plans for the season? Your safety plan must be consisting of antibacterial spray, stocking bandages and sunscreen; however, there is something really important you might be missing; that’s none other than CPR.

Are you all prepared to save your family members, friends, neighbors or infants from a cardiac emergency? Can you recognize the symptoms or signs of a cardiac arrest emergency and respond immediately and appropriately? Thing about it!

The American Stroke Association as well as the American Heart Association emphasizes the families to get themselves prepared for summer safety by learning CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation. According to Chair, NJ American Heart Association ECC Committee and Associate Dean, Post Licensure Nursing Programs & CNE; Clinical Professor of Nursing for Drexel University, Al Rundio, “Anyone can learn CPR and everyone should. With the swimming season and hot weather upon us, people should be prepared to act in case of a medical emergency.”

Drowning, choking and accidents are the major causes of death in infants and children. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), everyday around 10 people die due to unintentional drowning out of which at least 2 are children aged 14 or younger. However, children between the ages of 1 to 4 have the highest rates of drowning.

Getting yourself trained in CPR always gives a feeling of relaxation and safety. You can help save someone drowning or choking. On the other hand, pool safety including pool alarms, locking gates and carefully monitoring kids near water bodies and pools are also very helpful in preventing drowning. Find a local CPR class at

CPR is also extremely important when sudden cardiac arrest which is the leading cause of death in United States – strikes someone without intimation. Every year around 326,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests take place in America. In accordance with the American Heart Association, ninety percent of the victims suffering from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests do not survive. However, CPR, particularly when carried out immediately, can actually double or triple the survival chances of a sudden cardiac arrest victim.

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