How do I give rescue breaths to a non-breathing unconscious adult or child?

  1. Tilt the head back. 
  2. Lift the chin. 
  3. Pinch the nose shut. 
  4. Make a complete seal over the adult's or child’s mouth, and blow in for about 1 second to make the chest rise.  
  5. Pause between breaths long enough for the air in the person to come out and for you to take another breath.

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