The American Red Cross just launched an app that features first-aid and safety tips that may help in an unexpected situation.
Although smartphones allow you to do anything from catching the latest headlines to video chatting, it could now help you save lives, with first aid tips right in the palm of your hand.
"The app is really, really cool because you can get step-by-step instructions on the basic first aid, common emergencies that may occur," said Amy Whittaker, the public affairs director of the Roanoke American Red Cross.
The first-aid app covers everything from stabilizing a broken bone, helping someone who is having a seizure or performing CPR.
It's free for anyone with an iPhone, BlackBerry or Android phone.
Amy Whittaker with the American Red Cross says everyone should try to learn how to handle an emergency situation, because it could happen anywhere.
It does give you that real life-saving information, because you never know. You could be at home, at work, you could be at the mall shopping, and an emergency can happen any time. You can pull up some of the features on the app and get some of that instant information you need.
You can even call 911 directly from the program or quiz yourself to test your safety knowledge.
While the app is helpful in preparing for an emergency situation, it isn't a substitute for training.
Whittaker encourages people who are interested in emergency safety to visit their local chapters and take courses in CPR and other preparedness courses.
This is the first of a series of apps the Red Cross has created.
More apps with safety tips are expected to launch within the next few months.
To download the free app, visit iTunes, the Play Store for Android, or the BlackBerry app store.