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Learn How To Save A Life From San Diego Firefighters During Sidewalk CPR Day

San Diego emergency officials are teaming up today for Sidewalk CPR Day to teach free hands-only CPR at about 30 locations throughout the county.

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Hands-only CPR

The 5 to 10 minute lessons require no appointment and teach people how to save the life of someone who is experiencing cardiac arrest.

Cardiac arrest claims the lives of more than 350,000 people in the U.S. every year. Most victims die before they reach a hospital because they didn’t receive life-saving CPR, according to the American Heart Association.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nearly 800,000 Americans have a first heart attack every year. Approximately 470,000 people who have already had one or more attacks have another.

Hands-only CPR is cardio pulmonary resuscitation without the mouth-to-mouth breaths and is recommended for use by people who see an adult suddenly collapse, according to San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.

Traditional CPR is still recommended for all infants and children, drowning victims and adult victims who are already found unconscious and not breathing.

“Hands-only CPR is safe, effective and easy for people to learn,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., county public health officer in a county news release. “In less than five minutes people can to learn how to do it and know their actions can help save lives.”

The prompt delivery of CPR more than doubles a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival by helping maintain a blood flow to the heart and brain, according to San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.

Here is a complete list of locations offering the free training on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except where noted:

UCSD Medical Center (10:00 – 2:00), 200 W. Arbor Dr., San Diego

UCSD Thornton (10:00 – 2:00), 9300 Campus Pt. Dr., La Jolla

UCSD Cadiovascular Center (10:00 – 2:00), 9434 Medical Center Dr., La Jolla

Plaza Bonita Shopping Mall, 3030 Plaza Bonita Rd., National City

Imperial Beach Pier Plaza, 10 Evergreen, Imperial Beach

Albertson’s San Marcos, 151 Woodland Ave., San Marcos

Albertson’s San Marcos, 1929 W San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos

Escondido Fire Station #4, 3301 Bear Valley Pkwy., Escondido

Target Center Vista, 1751 University D.r, Vista

Red Cross Training Classroom, (12:30 - 1:30) 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego

Coronado Rotary Plaza, Coronado

Oceanside Lifeguard Headquarters, 301 N. The Strand, Oceanside

Oceanside West Wal-Mart, 2100 Vista Way, Oceanside

Pala Fire Dept, 34884 Lilac Ext. Rd, Pala

Civic Center Plaza San Diego, 202 “C” St., San Diego

Carlsbad Blvd – Grass area next to Harbor Fish, 3100 Block Carlsbad Blvd.

Downtown San Diego, 225 Broadway, San Diego

YMCA Chula Vista, 1201 Paseo Magda, Chula Vista

Julian Main Street, Multiple sites along Main St., Julian

Santa Ysabel, Don’s Market, Santa Ysabel

Cameron Family YMCA , 10123 Riverwalk Dr., Santee

Albertson’s & Starbucks Center, 2955 Alpine Blvd, Alpine

Daniels Market, 5256 S. Mission Rd., Bonsall

Albertson’s Market, 1133 S. Mission Rd., Fallbrook

Fresh & Easy, 1101 S. Main St., Fallbrook

Major Market, 854 S. Main St., Fallbrook

Public Health Center, 606 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido

County Operations Center, Building 5510, 5510 Overland Dr., San Diego

Marine Corps Air Station – Miramar, Main Exchange & Family Readiness

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