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How to perform CPR

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Being able to perform lifesaving CPR until help can arrive is an invaluable skill.

Fox 5 stopped by the American Red Cross office in Montgomery County to get a look at just how easy it is to learn this life saving skill.

In an emergency every second counts. That's why knowing CPR can mean life or death.

Betty Jones is an American Red Cross Health Trainer. She says when you see a victim, first check to make sure the surroundings are clear of danger. Next she says, confirm the victim is unconscious. If there is no response from the victim, designate someone to dial 9-1-1 and begin CPR.

She describes how simple the technique is to learn.

"You want to put one hand on the forehead, two fingers under the chin, “she says.

"Then," she continues, "Look, listen, and feel for breathing for ten seconds."

She says it is important to use the heel of your hand and place it in the center of the chest. Make sure your fingers are up off the body, clasp your arms together, keep your arms straight. Then press about two inches deep thirty times.

After the chest compressions she says, "Tilt the head up, pinch the nose shut to give two, one second breaths, back to compressions."

Davis says this quick demonstration in no way replaces an actual training course.

"It can be normal one moment and total chaos the next," she says. So making sure you are properly trained on the technique can be an invaluable tool in the case of an emergency.

To find an American Red Cross CPR training class in your area go to

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