STOCKTON — The American Red Cross will offer free Hands-Only CPR training sessions and AED demonstrations on Saturday, March 3, as part of Save-a-Life Saturday.
Hands-Only CPR sessions will be held at Weberstown Mall in Stockton, near Dillard’s, starting every half hour from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. In addition to CPR training, volunteers will be on site sharing information about how to plan for disasters, including how to put together a disaster kit, how to make an emergency plan with your family, and special disaster activities for kids.
Community members who complete the CPR training session, or who visit three out of the four disaster booths will be entered into a drawing for a deluxe emergency preparedness kit. Ten kits will be given out throughout the day.
It is important for the public to be prepared for disasters that can happen at home, the office or at school. In fact, a Red Cross survey given in 2010 found that one in four people (27 percent) have found themselves in a situation where someone needed CPR. Hands-Only CPR is a potentially lifesaving technique involving no mouth-to-mouth contact. It 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.
Delta Blood Bank will also be at Weberstown Mall with their bloodmobile to collect blood donations.
The Red Cross is able to provide this free event through the generous support of PG&E, Delta Blood Bank and HCE Foundation. For more information about Save-a-Life Saturday or to find out when full CPR and first aid classes are offered, visit www.redcrosscrc.org.