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Metro Fire to offer free CPR training at Sunrise Mall

Sac Metro Fire truck, fireman. Photo credit: Luke Otterstad
Sac Metro fire truck, stock photo. Citrus Heights Sentinel

Would you know what to do in a life-threatening emergency? According to the American Heart Association, 70 percent of Americans would likely feel helpless if faced with a cardiac emergency — because they don’t know how to administer CPR.

On April 25, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department is offering to help change this statistic with a free CPR training at the Sunrise Mall.

“Learn how to save a life in just five minutes!” reads a flier for the “Sidewalk CPR” event. “Don’t skip a beat, learn hands-only CPR.”

A flier for a prior CPR training held at the Mall in December also referenced statistics showing nearly 383,000 cardiac arrests occur suddenly outside of hospitals, demonstrating a need for the average person to learn CPR’s life-saving methods.

Alarmed at the number of Americans with inadequate CPR knowledge, the heart association says consequences could likely hit close to home, “because home is exactly where 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur.”

“Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love,” the Association says on its CPR Fact Sheet.

The free Sidewalk CPR training is hosted by the Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights and will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in the Mall’s JCPenny court.

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