Save A Life And Learn CPR

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Story Updated: Jun 27, 2014

Whether it's a swimming-related medical emergency or a sudden cardiac arrest, simple knowledge of hands only CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can be a lifesaver.

At the beach or in the swimming pool, water poses a danger and children are often the victims. 

The American Heart Association is encouraging people to learn hands-only CPR to potentially save a life.

"The hands-only is a way for them to act quickly and act fast until help can come," said Stacy Spaziani of the American Heart Association.

Each day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and two out of ten of them are children under the age of 15.

Hands-only CPR can increase the odds of survival.

The American Heart Association also has a free hands-only CPR app available through iTunes and a training session is being set up for the for August at the Salmon Run Mall.

While knowing what to do in a water-related medical emergency is important, so is taking appropriate precautions, such as keeping pool gates locked, monitoring kids around water and not allowing them to swim alone.

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