Utah Red Cross encourages CPR training this Valentine’s Day

Feb 14, 2024, 11:00 AM | Updated: 11:07 am

FILE: From June 1 through 7, The American Red Cross of Utah is recognizing the 17th anniversary of ...

FILE: From June 1 through 7, The American Red Cross of Utah is recognizing the 17th anniversary of National CPR and AED Awareness Week, a period when Utahns are encouraged to take the steps to learn how to respond in emergencies. (Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — The American Red Cross of Utah has invited community members to take part in CPR training this Valentine’s Day. 

“This isn’t the Valentine gift of flowers, candy, or a ‘date night,’ but taking one of our classes or giving them as a gift shows care and compassion,” said Jeremiah Lafranca, the executive director of the American Red Cross of The Greater Salt Lake Area.

According to the press release, the Red Cross offers online and in-person CPR certification courses. Participants can receive traditional training or hands-only training. 

Both methods are equally effective in an emergency, per the American Heart Association.

While training is not required to administer CPR, the AHA said that those who receive training are more likely to perform higher-quality chest compressions. 

In addition to CPR training and certification, the Red Cross offers AED, lifeguarding, and first aid training. According to their website, the courses are offered in online and in-person formats, depending on the selected class. 

The press release said that the Red Cross has presentations available for organizations, such as schools, businesses, or church groups.

Additionally, the Red Cross First Aid App contains references for life-saving procedures, such as CPR. It is available on Apple and Android devices. 

Why should you get CPR training? 

According to the American Medical Association, CPR saves lives. However, it could save more if every American knew how to administer it. 

“CPR can double or triple the chances of survival after cardiac arrest,” said Dr. Walter Kelley, the medical director for the Rocky Mountain Division of the American Red Cross.

Kelley explained that following the halt of a heart, CPR can keep vital oxygen and blood flowing through the body. 

According to the AMA website, the chances of survival decrease every minute following a heart attack. CPR of any variety can increase the chance of surviving. 

The AHA said that about 350,000 cardiac arrests happen outside of hospitals every year. 70% of them happen at home and 20% happen in public places such as airports or recreation facilities. 

“Survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby,” read the website. If more people are trained, the survival rate of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest could increase. 

“Keeping blood flow active–even partially–extends the opportunity for a successful resuscitation once trained medical staff arrive on site,” said Kelley. 


We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.


Telehealth has been around for decades, especially in rural and frontier communities. It has become...

Michelle Lee

How telehealth is revolutionizing health care

Let’s Get Moving Host Maria Shilaos spoke with CAPT Heather Dimeris to learn how telehealth is changing the way patients receive health care.

11 hours ago

A woman stays hydrated by drinking water, electrolytes also help to rehydrate...

Alexandrea Bonilla

Water may not be enough to rehydrate your body in the heat, expert says

A sports dietician for Intermountain Health shared the importance of electrolytes when trying to rehydrate

2 days ago

The Kem C. Gardner Transformation Center in Murray is pictured on Tuesday, July 11, 2023. Intermoun...

KSL NewsRadio

Microsoft outage putting hospitals at a stand still

Many local businesses have been impacted, in fact any businesses relying on software from the company CrowdStrike has had issues, including hospitals. 

2 days ago

long covid clinic patient in utah...

Adam Small

U of U long COVID clinic shares findings after three years of seeing patients

The Long COVID Clinic in Utah has treated more than 3,000 patients over the last three years according to the clinic's medical director.

3 days ago

Side view close-up of pregnant woman touching her belly....

Britt Johnson

Pregnant women who contract COVID could experience long COVID symptoms study finds

A recent U OF U study found out that 1 in 10 women who contract COVID during pregnancy will experience long covid symptoms.

4 days ago

air quality in utah takes a hit as smog settles over the city...

Adam Small

Wildfire smoke moving into the Wasatch Front

Air quality in Utah could be unhealthy for sensitive groups in some areas due to wind bringing in wildfire smoke from the Pacific Northwest.

5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

A young woman smiles while reading the menu at a lakeside restaurant, enjoying the panoramic view o...

Bear Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau

The best restaurants to try in Bear Lake

Save this guide to the best restaurants in Bear Lake when you need to find a place to dine during your next visit.

Female leg stepping on weigh scales. Healthy lifestyle, food and sport concept....

Health Utah

Sustainable weight loss: the science-backed way to achieve it

Learn more about Debbie's weight loss journey with Health Utah, who have a unique weight loss philosophy for success.

Underwater shot of the fisherman holding the fish...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Your Bear Lake fishing guide

Bear Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities. By preparing ahead of time, you might go home with a big catch!

A group of people cut a purple ribbon...


Comcast announces major fiber network expansion in Utah

Comcast's commitment to delivering extensive coverage signifies a monumental leap toward a digitally empowered future for Utahns.

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

Utah Red Cross encourages CPR training this Valentine’s Day