Most Dads Say They Know CPR For Infants, Children; Spouses Untrained

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The poll by, the free online magazine for dads, shows that 59-percent of fathers say they know CPR for infants and children; but nearly half, 47-percent, say their wives are not trained in the life-saving technique.

Just over half of all dads say they could perform CPR to save their children if they stopped breathing or started choking, according to a new survey conducted by (, the free online magazine for fathers.

The poll shows that 59-percent of fathers say they know CPR, an emergency procedure that could save the lives of infants and children when seconds count.

"We're pleased to see so many fathers know CPR and could save their kids," says Glenn Lawrence, editor of "But there are still plenty of dads who do not."

The poll also found that although a majority of dads say they know CPR, nearly half of them, 47-percent, say their wives don't.

That surprised Jay S. Van Zeeland, a father of four from Green Bay, Wisconsin, who also is a trained paramedic.

"What would you do if your CPR knowing spouse weren't around, or if they needed it themselves," Van Zeeland wonders.

What is CPR?

CPR, short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is an emergency first aid procedure used on children and adults for cardiac arrest and for choking when all else has failed. The procedure is taught by specially trained health care instructors who are certified to teach the course.

The course is a few hours long and is often taught at local hospitals.

Both the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association offer a one-day course on CPR for infants and children. Prices vary, but on average they run $35-$45 per person.

"To all of the people who know CPR, I take my hat off to you," says Van Zeeland. "Being a father is a role of protector and provider. Ignoring these great life-saving benefits that a father can offer his family will leave someone feeling helpless and perhaps worse." Poll: Most Dads Would Prefer DVD, Online CPR Training

Though CPR experts suggest that parents learn CPR from an instructor, the survey finds that 49-percent of dads surveyed would prefer a DVD or online class to acquire the life-saving skill or as a refresher.

"A DVD would be better so that I can learn on my own time and can refresh my memory from time to time," says Larry Richards, a father from Tampa, Fla.

About is a daily online parenting magazine for dads. It offers expert fatherhood advice and timely articles on parenting and finance written for today's dads to help motivate fathers to be better parents. The site is free and also offers an Ask the Expert section.

Source: Selig Media, LLC.

CONTACT: For interviews or comments: Glenn Lawrence, Editor, and Interactive Dad Magazine (813) 300-5454 or email.

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