Everyone should know how to save a life

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By Christopher Riley
American Red Cross of Orange County, Youth Public Relations Liaison

 Do you know how to perform CPR or even know what CPR stands for? Can you swim or are you prepared to help someone who may not? Do you know the various opportunities that the American Red Cross can provide you?  If your answer is no to one or all of the above statements, then the American Red Cross has got some amazing opportunities for you!

The American Red Cross serving Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties offers trainings in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), AED (automated external defibrillation) and First Aid, as well as many other classes like basic caregiving and babysitting skills, Lifeguard and swimming certifications and even Pet First Aid. We encourage both youth and adults to learn these life-saving skills and become prepared to help save a life.

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Perhaps you’re wondering how you will find the time to be trained in these skills or think you don’t need to know basic lifesaving skills. Our response is that you need to make the time to learn how to save a life. These skills are simple to learn and one class won’t take too long, especially when you realize how easy it is to help others in time of need. Classes are easy to sign-up for and you can always find one offered in a central location to where you live, work and play. Go to redcross.org/take-a-class to get started.

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Setting aside a few hours to train yourself in a lifesaving skill is more than worth your time. These skills will stay with you for a lifetime and can help you save a loved one or a complete stranger; whether it is the need for resuscitation or helping someone who isn’t comfortable in the water, being trained will allow you to help when someone needs it most.

So, we ask you to spread the word and bring your friends and family to a Red Cross lifesaving skills class near you. You never know what to expect during a disaster or when someone will need your help, so learn how to be prepared for any disaster that comes your way.

If you are already certified, we would like to extend a friendly reminder to update your certification every two years, as some methods may have changed. Feel free to contact us with any questions or go to RedCross.org for more information.

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