811 and CPR


The Rapid City Journal reports that a bill requiring CPR training for all South Dakota high school students has been filed for consideration in the state legislature.

Senate Bill 140 is a proposal to require all South Dakota high school students to take a course in “hands only” cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, prior to graduation. Students would also receive instruction in the use of automated external defibrillators, or AEDS.

The bill’s sponsors cite information from the American Heart Association that is frightening:  it takes an average of 10 minutes for a first-responder to arrive to an emergency after dialing 911 in South Dakota.  In rural areas, it can take even longer.

You can read the entire article here:  http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/legislature/bill-would-require-cpr-training-for-south-dakota-high-school/article_8d8a0ca8-7d7f-5482-8451-649a59efcca0.html

CPR training is something everyone should know – just as everyone should know to always call 811 before they dig. At South Dakota 811, safety always comes first.  Did you know that on average an underground line is hit every six minutes in the United States?

Many of those incidents could have been prevented had the excavator only made the call to 811 first.

At South Dakota 811, we’ll take down your dig information, plot your geographic location and then make sure all the utilities in the area get the message so they can come out and mark or flag the location of their buried infrastructure.

Hitting a gas line or ripping out telecommunications or electrical cables is probably one of the worst ways to ruin your day.  In fact, it probably runs a close second to having a heart attack and having no one around who knows how to perform CPR.

And did you know?  You can do CPR on your cat or dog, too.   http://vitals.lifehacker.com/learn-to-do-cpr-on-your-cat-or-dog-1777855056

So –

Learn CPR and ALWAYS call 811 before you dig!

Until next week, safe digging!

by Scott Finley

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