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Emergency First Aid Tips

Hands-only CPR saves lives and it’s easy

Hands-only CPR keeps blood and oxygen flowing to the heart and brain; it increases someone’s chances for survival once paramedics arrive or a defibrillator is applied.

Permanent brain damage can happen within minutes when blood isn’t flowing to the heart and brain, so don’t wait for professional help,” says Community Relations Officer for Peel Paramedics Brad Bowie. “You are helping by doing CPR and you’re protected by the Good Samaritan Act when you do.”

If you require CPR certification, please visit The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, The Canadian Red Cross, the Peel Paramedic Association or St. John Ambulance. Please note that course length and fees may vary.

Steps for hands-only CPR - (PDF)

  1. Check if the person is responding to you or breathing
  2. Call 911
  3. Push hard and fast 100 times per minute in the centre of the chest
Watch a demonstration.

In an emergency, always call 9-1-1

Revised: Friday January 23 2015


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