On September 21, 2012, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie officially signed and put into law “Janet’s Law.” This law requires all public and nonpublic schools in the state of New Jersey to equip themselves with an automated external defibrillator (AED) and to have staff trained in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Based on “Janet’s Law,” all schools will be mandated to have an emergency plan in place to quickly and effectively deal with sudden cardiac events on their property. School officials and coaches will be trained in CPR and how to operate an AED.
This law is named in honor of 11-year-old Janet Zilinski from Warren, New Jersey. Zilinski suddenly collapsed and died from a cardiac arrest while at cheerleading practice in August 2006. “Janet’s Law” was recently unanimously approved in both New Jersey House and Senate.
In light of this law, beginning September 1, 2014 all schools must have an AED available in an unlocked location on school property. The AED should be accessible during the day and during any school sponsored activities or practices. In addition to the availability of an AED, the law provides that a team coach, designated staff member, or athletic director be trained in CPR and know how to effectively operate the AED.
According to Jon Bramnick, Assembly Republican leader and co-sponsor of the bill, this law will save lives and save many families the heartache that the Zilinski family has had to face over the past six years. Since their daughter’s death, the Zilinksi’s believed in and worked towards placing AEDs in all public areas where children congregate. “Janet’s Law” will help them further their life-saving mission.
The task of acquiring thousands of AEDs and training many staff members in the state of New Jersey may seem, though well worth it, a daunting one. Heart Smart is a leader in AED device sales and offers special pricing for schools and bulk orders, as well as a lowest price guarantee. With special pricing, expert knowledge, and so many brands and options in AEDs, Heart Smart will help New Jersey schools prepare for the fast approaching deadline of September 1, 2014, when this law officially takes effect.
Statistics show that in a sudden cardiac event, the sooner CPR is begun and an AED is used, the better chances of survival. For every minute CPR and external defibrillation is delayed, the chances of survival decrease by about seven to ten percent. Waiting for a professional, such as an EMT, to arrive with equipment can waste precious, life-saving time. As many as 7,000 children in the United States suffer from sudden cardiac arrest each year. With this in mind, “Janet’s Law” and HeartSmart.com will serve to save the lives of many children at school and athletic events.