Why Should You Be CPR Certified?

By Shannon Randol, intern contributor, American Red Cross

Pop quiz – What does CPR stand for?

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. Did you know the answer?

How many lives could potentially be saved a year if every American took a CPR class?

Well, ultimately thousands of lives could be saved. 


Imagine if Wendy Peffercorn didn’t know CPR. What would’ve happened to Squints and our childhood favorite movie, Sandlot?


I don’t care what you say, he could’ve saved her with CPR long enough for us to pretend the dang movie ended happily.  


Yes, we can teach you how to administer CPR on animals too. Then we can all pretend we could save Little Foot’s mom after the T-Rex attack.

The American Red Cross offers classes ranging from 2-5 hours with a variety of course options:

  1. First Aid: A how-to on responding to burns, cuts and head or neck and back injuries.
  2. CPR/AED: Learn how to respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies with adults and infants.
  3. Review: An abbreviated session to renew your previous certification.

These certifications last up to two years and can be renewed online!

CPR training can come in handy when a person is drowning, suffocating, overdosing or has obstructed airways. The training prepares you for how to act in an emergency, so if a situation occurs you’ll know what to do.

The American Red Cross now offers a brand new simulation learning training session that is also available for all courses. It’s an online experience that assists you on how to make snap decisions with follow-up in person training.

Don’t leave it up to chance. Get educated now and jump into action later.

Here’s a link to all of the classes in the North Texas region.


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