AED Maintenance for Schools

by | Mar 28, 2022

When most people think of first responders in a crisis, they think of firefighters and paramedics. However, did you know that schools have their own first responders? School staff members are often the first on the scene in an emergency, and it’s important that they are prepared. One of the most important pieces of emergency equipment for schools is an AED.

AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator, these devices that can deliver an electric shock to the heart in order to restart it. AEDs are often used in cases of cardiac arrest, when the heart has stopped beating. An AED can be used by anyone, and it’s important that all school staff know how to use one. An AED works best when used within 3 minutes of cardiac arrest.

Effectiveness of AED over time

Is the AED Ready?

Make sure you are checking the battery and pads on a monthly basis. You should also have a fast response kit stored with the AED that contains a razor, scissors, and CPR mask. Download our free checklist to help keep up with your AED maintenance.

When it comes time to replace your pads, batteries, or the AED it’s self we recommend purchasing from GoRescue and here is a code for 10% off anything you purchase from them: 2024FRCPR.

Can You Find the AED?

AEDs should be stored in centralized locations where they are easily accessible and obvious. Since you only have minutes to act, you don’t want to waste time running to the other side of the building or searching for the unit. Every minute that goes by without using an AED, the chance of recovery goes down 7-10 percent. The location of these devices is often marked on your fire escape map that should be posted in every room. If you do not see it on your map, make sure to add its location to the map.

Regularly reminding staff where it is located is also important. One way to do this is by making the location of the device part of regular staff training and on boarding.

Are You Ready to Use It?

All School staff should be trained on the use of the AED. Georgia and South Carolina laws require all “expected users” to have nationally accredited certification if there is an AED on-site. While anyone can use an AED, whether they are certified or not, if they are expected to use it as part of their job, they should be certified.

We offer nationally accredited CPR, First Aid, and AED courses for schools across Georgia and South Carolina. Request an AED class here, sign up for an at your own pace class here, or learn more about our AED classes here.

To give you a glimpse of what to do check out this video below that walks you through the process, however hands on experience is best.

About First Response

First Response provides CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety training to clients across Georgia and South Carolina for over 23 years. We believe training should be relevant, informative, and fun! Feedback from our clients consistently shows that they not only enjoy our classes, they learn something new–even for folks that have taken the class many times before.

Contact us to book a class for your facility, or sign up for a class here.

About the Author

<a href="" target="_self">Kelly Enser</a>

Kelly Enser

CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety Instructor

Kelly is one of the co-founders of First Response and have taught CPR, First Aid, and Fire Safety since 2000. She primarily is the class coordinator for First Response which means she works with our great customers to organize trainings across Georgia and South Carolina. Due to this experience she is deeply aware of the needs and legal requirements for Child Care, Elder Care, Foster Care Parents, and any other industry that needs safety training. All of this provides a unique perspective for all of the articles she writes.

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1 Comment

  1. Donette

    The course was very informative, and upbuilding. I have learned a lot of new things. And I appreciate the time and effort that went into it. I will put the information to use when needed.


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