Courthouse Taking Safety Precautions

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Lately we've heard a lot of talk about New Year's safety.

Now, officials at the Washington County Courthouse are taking measures to keep folks safe year round.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council presented the Washington County Commissioners with an automated external defibrillator Tuesday afternoon.

The machine, also known as an AED, can be used to help stabilize people who go into sudden cardiac arrest, until they can be taken to the hospital.

Safety Council officials say the AED increases the chance of survival by 50 percent, and that the courthouse is an ideal place to have one.

"It's probably one of the highest traffic places that we have in the county, and when we looked at all the different places it could be placed it just seemed it was the right thing to do," Lori Smith with the MOV Safety Council said.

Commissioners say they're grateful for the AED, but hope it never needs to be used.

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