Red Cross teaches kids lifesaving skills

Every March, the American Red Cross celebrates Red Cross Month across the country.  This year we teamed up with the Richland County Recreation Commission to teach kids Citizen CPR, a hands-only CPR technique.

During the week of March 12th we trained 94 kids of the Richland County Recreation Commission’s Afterschool program.  The kids had a great time learning the importance of being prepared for emergency situations and we did, too!

The children in the Richland County Recreation Afterschool program excited to learn how to perform Citizen CPR.

Kids listen attentively to instructor Stanley before performing Citizen CPR.

Practicing the Citizen CPR technique.

In 2011, the Red Cross launched the new Citizen CPR lifesaving training.  Also referred to as “hands-only CPR,” the potentially lifesaving technique involves no mouth-to-mouth contact and is best used in emergencies where someone has seen another person suddenly collapse.  The hands-only technique increases the likelihood of surviving cardiac emergencies that occur outside medical settings.

For more information about Red Cross life-saving training, please visit www.Redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS. 

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