Why You Should Take a CPR Class

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Subject: why you really should take CPR

What you see above are photos of manikins. It's easy to think it's really no big deal to take CPR. After all, who do you know that ever needed CPR or gave CPR. Might be one or two. It might be none.

What is really needed are the photos of the survivors. Because CPR is so much MORE than simply giving compressions. For example, what would you do if a child sitting next to you began choking? What would you do for someone having a diabetic emergency? What is frostbite and how do you treat it?

All of that is taught in a full CPR class. Not just CPR for adults, but for children, infants, how to use an AED and how to treat minor first aid and when to call 911.

I should know. Not only am I a Red Cross instructor, but the pictures of two people in my family come to the forefront: My son in law in a diabetic emergency just two weeks ago who was quickly treated at the scene because I recognized the emergency and got the help he needed; my granddaughter who at 8 months of age began to choke and I knew what to do. Today she's 8 and a star pupil in her school.

Without that knowledge, yes, they might still be alive and well. But what if advanced medical help took too long? Neither had long to live if paramedics had been delayed. And even had paramedics arrived in time to save their lives, would it have been soon enough to save them from brain damage?

By the way, let me leave you with one more statistic. The life you save will most likely be a family member. Next will likely be a co-worker. Last will be the stranger you happen to pass by at that moment.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.