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CPR & Safety Classes for Parents

by Christy Ayala

Parents worry how they might keep their child safe in an emergency or help them if injured. Some of the leading causes of unintentional injuries of children include falls, moving vehicle accidents, drowning, fire and burns, bites and stings, poisoning and suffocation, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To prepare themselves for these and other emergencies, many parents turn to CPR and safety training classes.

Why Take CPR and Safety Classes

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, can sometimes help a child whose breathing and heart have stopped. Many professionals trained to handle emergencies, including doctors, nurses, police officers, firefighters and lifeguards have CPR and first aid training. This valuable training is also available to parents who want to be prepared to help their children or others in the face of an emergency, especially in situations when assistance from a professional is not readily available or while you are waiting for an emergency first-responder to arrive. Minutes, even seconds, can make a difference in life-threatening situations. It’s good to be prepared.

CPR

In CPR, the rescuer, or person giving CPR, follows three main steps, explains Kids Health. These steps are known as C-A-B and stand for compressions, airway and breathing. Chest compressions pump oxygen-rich blood remaining in the victim’s lungs and bloodstream to the heart and brain. The airway is checked for breathing and to make sure it is clear of obstruction. Rescue breathing delivers air and some additional oxygen to the lungs of a person who is not breathing.

Types of CPR and Safety Training

CPR, first aid and other safety training program certifications can be obtained through the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association (AHA), American Lifeguard Association, American Safety & Health Institute, Ellis & Associates, National Safety Council, StarGuard and YMCA Lifeguarding. The level of training provided in these courses varies, depending on need, from in-depth certification programs for professional rescuers to basic certifications for parents and other individuals as well as non-certification educational programs for the public at large.

Where to Take Classes

Parents can find CPR, first aid and safety classes in schools, churches, fire stations, hospitals, YMCAs, community centers and even in the workplace. Certification may often be offered in combination with other safety training courses, including lifeguard and swim instructor training, caregiving and babysitting programs and community emergency preparedness programs. CPR training is often required of and made available to volunteers and staff who work with children. There are also opportunities for parents to become trainers themselves, and in turn, provide these valuable classes to others in the community.

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