CPR training might be a graduation requirement for Michigan students

It's a life-saving skill and now it could be a requirement for Michigan students before they graduate high school.

Last May, the Michigan senate unanimously passed a bill that would require all students to learn how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator at least once between 7th and 12th grade.

On Wednesday, the Michigan State House passed the bill with a 98-8 vote in favor. Now, it will move to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk for final approval.

The American Heart Association is a big advocate of the bill. They say nearly 375,000 people suffer from cardiac arrest outside of a hospital annually. Only 8% survive.

The association says if all Michigan students learn CPR, more than 100,000 people could save lives in an emergency situation every year.  

35 other states, including the District of Columbia, already have CPR training as a graduation requirement.

If the bill is passed, it will go into effect for the 2017-2018 school year.

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