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What Are the Benefits of Knowing CPR?

author image Carri Ward
Carri Ward has been working in the health and fitness industry since 1997. She graduated from the University of Utah in exercise and sport science and holds an NSCA-CSCS certification. She has 10 years' experience as a personal trainer. She is the founder and president of a youth-serving nonprofit organization.
What Are the Benefits of Knowing CPR?
CPR is a skill everyone should know regardless of profession. Photo Credit Highwaystarz-Photography/iStock/Getty Images


CPR, or cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, is an important skill that everyone should learn. You do not need to be a medical professional to know or use CPR. You never know when you may need this skill to save someone you love or to be a hero to a stranger. Take the time to get certified and enjoy the peace of mind.


Knowing CPR empowers you to help someone in need. For parents this is especially true. Children younger than 5 tend to put objects in their mouths, and this behavior can lead to choking. Choking is a leading cause of death in this age group. Knowing what to do and how to perform CPR allows you to act quickly.


Situations may arise when you come across someone whose breathing or heart has stopped. Immediate action with CPR is the most effective way to save that individual, as an ambulance may not arrive for minutes. Providing CPR could mean the difference between life and death for someone who's unconscious.

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It is always better to have multiple people who are CPR certified in a crisis. One person performing CPR can tire quickly. Two people switching off can provide CPR longer than a person working alone.


Knowing CPR can give you an advantage in some jobs. Many jobs require CPR certification, and others look favorably upon it. If you have CPR certification when you're applying for jobs such as personal trainer, lifeguard, child care, pre-school teacher or even baby-sitter you may have an edge over other applicants.

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