PulsePoint Respond App Now Available in Santa Cruz County
When it comes to cardiac arrest, second matter! Every minute that a heart attack victim waits for treatment, their chance for survival goes down 10%. Taking a CPR class is one of the ways you can help save a life in this event, but now Santa Cruz County residents can take the next step with PulsePoint Respond – an application that can be downloaded onto your smartphone, that alerts CPR-trained residents when there is a sudden cardiac arrest event happening in their vicinity (provided that it’s in a public area or building). The app also notifies you of where the nearest AED (defibrillator unit) is, to use as needed. PulsePoint Foundation is a registered non-profit company based in the San Francisco area. For more information on PulsePoint and its applications, visit www.pulsepoint.org. The district highly recommends renewing your CPR skills every 2 years, to be up to date on the latest method. Our free community CPR classes are offered semi-monthly, or you can check our listings for other CPR training facilities in the area at our CPR Providers page.
Does Your Family Have an Escape Plan?
While your kids prepare for the school year ahead, you may also want to better prepare them for the possibility of a fire in the home. Now is the perfect time to work out and rehearse a family Escape Plan for your home.
In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. Escape plans help you to get out of your home quickly. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire! It only takes minutes for a house to fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames.
Prepare and practice your fire escape plan twice a year with everyone in your household, including children and people with disabilities. It's also a good idea to practice your plan with overnight guests.
Some tips to consider when preparing your escape plan include:
- Draw a map of each level of your home and show all doors and windows.
- Find two ways to get out of each room. Make sure all doors and windows that lead outside open easily.
- Only purchase collapsible escape ladders evaluated by a recognized testing laboratory. Use the ladder ONLY in a real emergency.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you cannot help them.
- Have a plan for everyone in your home who has a disability.
- Practice your fire escape plan at night and during the daytime.
- Watch this informative video, to learn more about escape plans: