Quick quiz: Take a second to picture someone saving a life. Do you see a firefighter carrying a baby from a burning building? Or a paramedic pulling someone from a smashed car? These people are lifesavers, for sure, but what if we told you a lifesaver can also look like . . . you?
If you’re skeptical, you’re not alone. In fact, studies show that a shockingly low 2.5 percent of bystanders intervene when they witness an emergency. The rest of us just stand there waiting for the professionals to arrive.
But the truth is, you don’t need years of training or superhuman bravery to do something as heroic as saving someone’s life. All you need are some basic first aid skills, which you may already know from being a babysitter, camp counselor, lifeguard, or Scout.
Still don’t believe you have what it takes to save a life? Just ask the four teens on the following pages. All of them kept their cool and jumped into action when they saw someone in trouble. If they can do it, so can you. Read on to learn how to step up and take charge if you find yourself in an emergency.