The fifth annual KHTS Home and Garden Show, a free two-day event Saturday and Sunday at the Valencia Hyatt, is offering CPR classes taught by a certified and licensed CPR instructor throughout the weekend, event officials announced.
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Santa Clarita residents interested in learning basic CPR techniques and doing hands-on training with mannequins can stop by the booth of instructor Deyka Scimenes to sign up for the next class or a class later that day, depending on availability.
Scimenes plans to hold a class about every hour. Classes cost $30 per person and take about 20 to 30 minutes, event officials said.
“Every time I teach a class, the reaction of the people is different,” said Scimenes, who works as an independent contractor for Superior Life Support, a training center which provides CPR certification to healthcare providers like doctors and nurses. “They think CPR is intimidating, but they don’t know how simple it can be.”
Full-length CPR classes require a certain number of hours by the American Heart Association in order for participants to receive their certification, so Scimenes plans to instead offer a condensed version which will not earn participants certification, but will still teach them potentially life-saving skills.
“People know they can call 9-1-1 right away in an emergency, but how about doing something hands-on so by the time paramedics arrive, that can be another chance for the person who may have been dying or even dead?” Scimenes said. “How to respond and not to panic– I think that’s the most important thing.”
The mannequins Scimenes plans to use are designed to simulate the bone structure of the body, so classes will concentrate on hands-on training using chest compressions, she said. She can also answer questions participants have that are related to first aid.
Scimenes has been a CPR instructor for about ten years, and her classes are in compliance with guidelines set by the American Heart Association, event officials said.
Class participants who choose to book a full-length CPR certification class with Scimenes for the future will receive a free first-aid kit to take home while supplies last.
In addition to the CPR classes, more than 60 exhibitors with products, services and information on emergency preparedness are scheduled to take part in Saturday’s Emergency Expo, one of the features of the KHTS Home and Garden Show.
“The KHTS Emergency Expo is a wake-up call and a reminder for everyone so that they can go through their checklist and make sure they have the right supplies and the right plans for dealing with the next emergency we have here in Santa Clarita,” said Carl Goldman, co-owner of KHTS. “The day is going to come when we have another disaster. The more prepared we are for a disaster, the better we’re going to be in dealing with it and also with our recovery.”
Other features of the KHTS Home and Garden Show include exhibits by more than 100 vendors, ranging from home improvement businesses to health services and nonprofit charities. Demonstrations, special offers and free giveaways will be offered throughout the weekend as well.
A Kid’s Zone will entertain children with a bouncer, video games, face painting and special building and gardening activities just for kids.
The free KHTS Home and Garden Show is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Valencia, located at 24500 Town Center Drive at McBean Parkway.
For more information about the KHTS Home and Garden Show, click here.
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