An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a device that can save lives by delivering an electric shock to the heart of a person who is in cardiac arrest. However, not all AEDs are created equal, and some may be faulty, expired, or even stolen. That’s why it is important to get the serial number of any AED you are offered and ask for its background and history before purchasing this life-saving device.

The serial number of an AED is a unique identifier that can help you verify the authenticity, quality, and warranty of the device. You can use the serial number to check the manufacturer’s website or contact their customer service to get more information about the AED. You can also use the serial number to register your AED with the local emergency services, so they can locate it in case of an emergency.

By getting the serial number of an AED, you can also avoid buying a stolen or counterfeit device that may not work properly or even harm you or someone else. There have been reports of AEDs being stolen from public places or sold online by unscrupulous sellers. These devices may have been tampered with, damaged, or expired, and may not deliver the correct shock or have faulty batteries or pads. Buying a stolen or counterfeit AED is not only illegal, but also dangerous and irresponsible.

Therefore, before you buy an AED, make sure you get the serial number and ask for its background and history. This will help you ensure that you are getting a reliable, effective, and legal device that can save lives. Remember, an AED is not just a piece of equipment, it is a potential lifeline. Don’t take any chances with it.

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