Red Cross urges training on National CPR and AED Awareness Week

Interview: National CPR and AED Awareness Week

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- National CPR and AED Awareness Week is every June 1 through 7, and the American Red Cross is urging everyone to be trained in how to perform CPR, as it could save a life.

The week is meant to help promote CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator) education, and spotlight the amount of lives that CPR and AEDs save.

"You do not have to have a CPR card to do CPR, and even if you have a CPR card that doesn't mean you're good at CPR because you could have taken that class a year ago," said CPR instructor Daniel Owens. 

There is a big misconception that if you perform CPR on someone and are not certified you can get in trouble with law enforcement, but this is a misconception that Owens wants people to know isn't true. 

Owens says the typical first responder relief time in an urban area is five minutes and in rural areas it can be more than 10 minutes. According to health experts, if performed in the first few minutes, CPR can double or even triple someone's chances of survival.

For every minute a person goes without CPR, their chance of survival drops by 10 percent, which is why Owens stresses the importance of being informed on the proper techniques of administering CPR, even if that training is online. 

Visit the American Red Cross' website for training opportunities and classes.

KAGS-TV contributed to this report.

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