Visitors to Tour de Terrace in Mountlake Terrace on Saturday can learn the life-saving skill of CPR for free in just 10 minutes when they stop by the Snohomish County Fire District 1 booth.
The booth will be located on 224th Street Southwest within the festival site at the Evergreen Playfields, 22205 56th Ave. W. CPR To Go teaches hands-only CPR. This is chest compression CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. The American Heart Association has determined any attempt at CPR is better than no attempt and hands-only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR with mouth-to-mouth in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest.
Citizens who want to learn more than the basics can sign up for Fire District 1’s monthly CPR, first aid and AED class. This day-long class taught by firefighters includes a two-year certification in adult, child and infant CPR. The cost is $30. Registration information is available at www.firedistrict.org/cpr.
“We know effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can significantly increase a victim’s chance of survival,” Deputy Chief Shaughn Maxwell, head of Fire District 1 Emergency and Community Health Services, said. “The more citizens we have trained in CPR, the more lives we can save in our community.”