COVINGTON — With more than 88 percent of cardiac arrests happening at home, the Covington Fire Department is encouraging more residents to get CPR certified.
Every second Saturday of the month, a four-hour CPR class will be held at Fire Station No. 2, located at 11234 Alcovy Road in Covington, starting July 12.
Fire Education Specialist Jonathan Fuqua said the class will provide the necessary knowledge to act and save a life.
“Taking a four-hour class seems like a long time sitting in a classroom, but when you walk out of the room trained on CPR, you can help,” Fuqua said. “For instance, you run to the store to buy some milk, while walking to the cooler, you see a person collapse from cardiac arrest. You now can help save a life by giving early CPR. Or for example, you’re at your kid’s ballgame and a player collapses on the field. You have the knowledge and skills to act and save a life.”
The class will not only learn how to administer CPR, but also learn how to administer first aid to the sick or injured as well as what to do during medical emergencies, injury emergencies and environmental emergencies.
“Participants will learn everything from a bee sting to diabetic emergencies,” Fuqua said.
The class will also teach participants how to use an automated external defibrillator, a device found in churches, libraries, ball fields and other places. The device is used to shock the heart back to a normal rhythm using electricity.
Cardiac arrests are more common than people realize with nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring suddenly and four out of five happen at home. Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.
Fuqua said sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. Cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating while a heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked.
The class is $18 and the certification will last for four years. For more information, contact Covington Fire Department at 678-712-9387.