The knowledge that children learn in the years leading up to graduation is meant to prepare them for the world that lies ahead. Though there are many important skills that are learned before graduating, saving a life is the most important. Wouldn’t you think? SCA affects about 16 people under the age of 18 everyday!1 However, only 17 states require AEDs to be present in schools! That just doesn’t add up. Kids nationwide are learning life savings skills like CPR and how to use an AED. Does your child know how to save a life? Better yet, is your child’s school prepared to answer to SCA? If you answered “no” to either of those questions we have some ways you can raise awareness in your school!
You can make a difference by doing the following to raise SCA awareness:
- Organize a class – with the help of your local EMS department a simple class on The Chain of Survival will resonate with both students and faculty
- Talk to administration – Adding a CPR course to health curriculum will make understanding this life saving skills necessary to pass
- Invite a guest speaker – An EMT or nurse will be able to explain the importance of having an AED and early CPR if a student or faculty member were to fall victim to SCA
- Organize a fundraising event – Most schools are hesitant about purchasing an AED because of the lack of money, but you can help mitigate this hesitation by reaching out to your community to help supply the funds
- Talk to safety coordinator – Even if your school has AEDs they might not be up-to-date. Find out if the proper protocol is being followed so that the AEDs are rescue ready in the event of an emergency.
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