MADISON (WKOW)-- Safety training, like CPR, is a skill no one ever wants to have to use, but it’s important to have.
So Saturday, Dreambank teamed up with area first responders to hold safety training for families.
“It's kinda like you just don't think about what could go wrong,” said Cherri Sorrells, who has two kids. “It's a lot of little things that kind of added up.”
Cherri Sorrells recently had a second child and says going from one to two kids is a challenge, so she went to the Dreambank safety fair.
“I learned about car seat safety and about home safety and just little things that you should kind of be checking to kinda keep your kids safe,” Sorrells said.
Parents also had the chance to learn about the differences in CPR and the heimlich maneuver between infants, toddlers and adults.
“The things that we do to remove a foreign body airway obstruction, with the heimlich maneuver are very, very simple to learn and very simple to do,” said Bill White, an emergency educator for University Hospital. “But if you don't have any practice, it may be hard in the heat of the moment to remember exactly what to do.”
White Says CPR is also a vital skill for everyone to have. The American Heart Association estimates between 100,000 and 200,000 lives could be saved each year of CPR was performed early enough.
and her friend Autumn, who has three kids, say they want to be prepared for situations they hope to never encounter.
“Sometimes 911 might not be there fast enough, so I think it's important that you have the resources and learn to do it yourself just in case help isn't there fast enough,” said Autumn Paynes.
Even kids got a chance to learn CPR and heimlich techniques.
“I wanted my daughter to learn too, justin case anything and I wasn't there fast enough,” Paynes said. “I just wanted her to be aware of how to do things too.”
“The more people we get trained in these simple life saving procedures, the more quickly a victim of things like cardiac arrest and foreign body airway obstruction, the quicker they get help the better,” White said.
And now both Autumn and Cherri say they are ready for almost anything.
If you’re interested in CPR and safety training classes, you can get more information here.
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