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Where are AEDs Required?

AEDs in Schools

Twenty states in the U.S. require that at least some of their schools have automated external defibrillators (AEDs), according to research by Scripps Howard News Service and other sources. In some states, AEDs are required in public, but not private schools. In other states, AEDs are required in high schools, but not elementary schools. Some states require AEDs only in schools offering athletics.

Only two states, Hawaii and Oregon, mandate AEDs not only in all public and private schools, but also in colleges. Connecticut mandates AEDs in higher education athletic departments. 

The Following is a list of states that require AEDs in some schools:

  1.    Alabama: Public schools serving grades K-12
  2.    Arkansas: Schools
  3.    Connecticut: All schools, contingent on funding, higher education athletic departments*
  4.    Florida: All public high schools offering athletics*
  5.    Georgia: All public high schools*
  6.    Hawaii: All public and private schools including colleges
  7.    Kentucky: Public and private schools and their athletic events
  8.    Louisiana: Any institution of higher education that competes in intercollegiate athletics, high schools participating                                             iinterscholastic  athletics if funding is available
  9.    Maine: Schools serving grades K-12 and at school-sponsored athletic events
  10.    Maryland: Schools and school-sponsored athletic events*
  11.    Massachusetts: All public schools
  12.    Michigan: K-12 schools, based on availability*
  13.    Nevada: High schools and colleges*
  14.    New Jersey: All public and private K-12 schools*
  15.    New York: Public schools*
  16.    North Dakota: Public and private schools
  17.    Oregon: Public and private schools, colleges and schools of higher education*
  18.    South Carolina: High schools*
  19.    Tennessee: Public schools, contingent on funding*
  20.    Texas: All schools, including charter schools.*

*These states also require AED maintenance

AEDs in Health Clubs

Fourteen states require AEDs in health clubs, though most exempt spas in hotels. They are: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Rhode Island. The District of Columbia requires them in recreational facilities.

Nineteen states have no mandates. These include: Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.