Knowing the steps of CPR can help you save a life

Holly Baker and Melissa Smith learn how to do CPR with Mary Fisher from the American Red Cross.

According to the American Heart Association, 70% of Americans do not know how to do CPR or have forgotten. Taking the time to learn the correct way to do CPR can save someone's life in an emergency situation.

Mary Fisher from the Northwest Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross provided live demonstrations on how to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.

Fisher explains everything people need to know in order to determine when CPR is needed and how to get started. Before doing any compressions, in an emergency situation a person should consider the 3 C's of CPR: check, call, care. Once it is determined that CPR is the best option, compressions should begin at a rate of about 100 compressions per minute.

Fisher also demonstrates how to use an automated external defibrillator, or AED. This device is used to shock the heart in the event it has stopped.

See the full demonstrations to see how its done and to find out how easy it is to learn CPR.

To get more information or to sign up for a class, you can call the American Red Cross at 231-947-7286 or visit their website.