It’s standard procedure to find fire extinguishers in businesses. As an employee, you are trained on placement and use of the fire extinguishers though you may never experience a fire for a long as you work there, but you’ll have the tools to extinguish or help slow the spread of a fire. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use should be a part of your training. Being CPR trained and having an AED at work means that you are prepared to save a life should the worst happen. CPR keeps blood and oxygen flowing and dramatically increases the chances of survival. It is a valuable tool to have.
10 Reasons to Learn CPR
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, over 600,000 cases annually.
- Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is SUDDEN and often fatal. CPR can save lives.
- Anyone can learn CPR. Even a 3-year-old can learn the motions.
- Everyone you meet is someone’s Mom or Dad or child. They deserve a fighting chance.
- CPR prevents brain death, which can occur in as little as 4 minutes.
- CPR makes us smarter. Learning any new skill improves our cognitive ability.
- You’ll feel confident if you witness a sudden cardiac arrest emergency.
- CPR classes are fun. Plus, you get WAY more than you pay for when you hire Home Hazard Prevention for your training.
- You have the opportunity to test your knowledge and ability and learn how to effectively offer help in an emergency.
- You get to join the 3% Club. Only 3% of Americans learn CPR annually. Thankfully, those numbers are going up.
Hopefully, as a business owner, you’ve done the right thing and purchased an AED. It’s been delivered and installed. You’ve been trained (included with purchase of an AED) and trained your staff. Now what?
- Much like fire extinguishers, make sure your AED is in plain sight. Be sure to include any locations on your emergency evacuation plans.
- Make sure your Employees/Potential Rescuers receive annual training. AEDs are simple to use but using them in conjunction with CPR is a forgettable skill that needs regular retraining.
- Is your AED in compliance? The State of Arizona requires all AEDs to be registered with the state and have physician oversight. These required steps help to absolve the end user of most potential liability-related concerns. There are several programs available to help with your compliance reminders and training. Life Shield Compliance Management System is one. Many exist. Find one and use it. Your Human Resources Department and Insurance companies and employees will thank you.
- Are your AEDs well maintained? They require very little maintenance, but they must be professionally serviced annually to be covered under their warranty. The State of Arizona also requires this same provision to help absolve any potential liability-related concerns.
Be sure to make this the year that you purchase an AED from Home Hazard Prevention. Your employees, their family, and friends, as well as local firefighters, paramedics and ER doctors will thank you. Emergency responders are physically capable of offering help under all conditions. Normal delays getting to the scene lead to decreased survival rates when CPR or an AED could have made a difference. Those calls are hard to deal with after a while. In fact, more EMS professionals now commit suicide annually than die in the line of duty. Many times, this is due to the unspeakable things that we see. Learning CPR and how to use an AED can help save your loved ones and help save our EMS community.
‘Safety Nick’, as he is affectionately known, is the owner and operator of Home Hazard Prevention, LLC (HHP). As a professional firefighter in the Valley since 2005 with an extensive background in responding to and preventing emergencies, Nick felt that it was time to help the citizens of Maricopa and Pinal Counties learn how to be safe and protect their loved ones in a proactive manner. In 2012, HHP was launched. With the support of his wonderful (and understanding!) wife and two beautiful children, Nick works tireless hours, not only to help save your family’s lives, as a firefighter and a community safety expert, but also to be able to spend quality time with his family. Nick moved to Arizona over 20 years ago and enjoys exploring our great state with his family.
Be sure to contact Home Hazard Prevention for any of your personal or family safety needs. From mobile CPR training to car seat education to infant safety (and much more!) HHP is here to help! Remember, a complete safety program does not have to be expensive or time-consuming. As a group of professional firefighters, there is no one more qualified than us to help keep your family safe! (480) 448-0266 or Nick@HomeHazardPrevention.com
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