New CPR requirement for all graduating seniors

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - When Courtney Davis decided she wanted to be a lifeguard this summer she knew she had to take a CPR course.

"I was nervous to take it because I don't want to have to perform CPR, I want everyone to be safe," Davis said.

She took the course, though, and now she's so relieved she did.

"I feel so confidant just having that skill on me," Davis added.

Thursday morning, Governor Beverly Perdue signed the bill into law that requires all students to be certified in CPR in order to graduate from high school.  The new rules go into effect by the 2014-2015 school year.

The American Heart Associate and the American Red Cross are both listed in the bill as agencies qualified to oversee the certification.  The North Carolina Board of Education will work with districts to include the certification into the curriculum.

"Reacting and responding sometimes is simply knowing what to do in a certain situation.  That gives you the confidence when something does happen that you can jump in to help instead of just hoping everything will be okay," said Angela Broome, the Regional CEO of the American Red Cross in the Carolina Piedmont area.

The Red Cross does recommend that at least one family member in each household know CPR.

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