“I taught myself and my kids how to save lives, and you should too,” says Myleene Klass

Mum-of-three Myleene Klass believes lifesaving lessons should be taught in school – and it’s no scandal what they aren’t.

In her latest book, the musician and radio presenter explains some important emergency techniques.

Myleene Klass believes life-saving lessons should be taught in schools


Myleene Klass believes life-saving lessons should be taught in schoolsCredit: Mark Hayman
First responders teach youth life-saving techniques


First responders teach youth life-saving techniquesCredit: Delivered
Mylene says, “My children have learned many first aid techniques. For them it's a game'


Mylene says, “My children have learned many first aid techniques. For them it’s a game’Credit: Delivered

Myleene, who lives in north London with her children Ava, 14, Hero, 11, and Apollo, two, and partner Simon Motson, says: “My children have learned a lot of first aid techniques. It’s a game for them.

“They are doctors and nurses. But the point is, they know what to do when it’s necessary and it makes a difference.”

She adds: “After working with St. John Ambulance, the girls and I made videos of what to do and put them on TikTok.

“Just a day after I posted, I received this message: ‘I watched your suffocation video yesterday. I just performed the abdominal thrust maneuver on my wife who choked on a piece of chicken. Just between us, we just saved a life’.”

Myleene, 44, speaks from experience and reveals she saved her two daughters from incidents of suffocation.

In an exclusive excerpt from her book They Don’t Teach This At School, we reveal Myleene’s rescue tool. . .

What to do if someone faints

WHEN a famous pop star passed out near me, I cleared a seat and undid her bra to make sure she was comfortable.

I could see she was about to pass out and asked if she was pregnant, but then she walked downstairs before she could answer.

She was breathing normally so I put her in the recovery position and she was fine after that (and she was pregnant!).

If you cannot be awakened within a minute, have a seizure or seizure, or fall and injure yourself, call an ambulance.

Get them to lie down with their legs elevated (which will help blood flow to the head).

If this is not possible, they should sit down and lower their head between their knees.

Give them water to swallow or get them to eat something.

Get them to take deep breaths.

How to recognize a stroke

Strokes are very common. They affect people of all ages and in the UK one happens every five minutes.

A quick reaction is crucial. The Stroke Association charity recommends using the FAST technique:

  • FACE — Ask the person if they can smile and check if their face has fallen to one side.
  • WEAPONS — Ask the person if they can raise both arms and leave them there.
  • SPEECH — Check that they can speak clearly and understand what you are saying to them. Check if their speech is slurred.
  • TIME — This is crucial. So if you see any of the three things above, dial 999 asap.

How do you treat a jellyfish sting?

HERO swam in front of me and I suddenly saw an imprint on her skin and blood rising to the surface.

Then I saw the jellyfish swimming away.

The screaming! I couldn’t calm her down, it was awful.

Your best bet is to either find a lifeguard or someone who has first aid training.

Otherwise, flush the affected area with seawater (not freshwater) and then remove any spines left in the skin.

You can use tweezers if you have them, otherwise the edge of a bank card should suffice.

Soak the area in the hottest water possible for at least 30 minutes.

If soaking isn’t an option, use washcloths or towels soaked in hot water and replace when they start to cool.

Take pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

What to do if someone’s clothes catch fire?

I’ve put this into practice twice – once with a woman on the release of one of my classic albums.

There were candles everywhere and she had extensions and stood in one of the candles.

Her hair immediately caught fire.

I pinned her to the ground and rolled onto her to put it out.

It also happened to a member of a competing band at a nightclub, again for hair extensions.

I pushed them to the ground and rolled them too.

The advice is simple:

  • JUST don’t run It will make the flames worse.
  • DROPS Lie down on the floor as soon as possible.
  • ROLL In heavy cloth or a fire blanket to smother the flames, but if none are available only rolling on the floor will help.

What to do if someone is choking

A FEW years ago we were relaxing on vacation and my immunity was low so I didn’t realize it right away when Ava started choking on calamari.

I jumped over the table and slapped her on the back three times.

She came back to life and continued eating as if nothing had happened.

At the age of one and a half, Hero choked on a small plastic star.

I laid her on her stomach, crooked on my arm, and slapped her hard on her back five times.

It only worked on the third try.

ATTRACT’T fish around in its mouth with your finger to try and remove the obstruction – you might push it further down.

TO DO Ask them if they are choking and if they can cough and clear the blockage themselves.

If he can’t, here’s what you need to do: help him lean forward, and then support his torso.

Use the heel of your hand to give five powerful blows to your back between your shoulder blades.

If that doesn’t work, do five abdominal presses.

Stand behind her and place your hands under her chest, just above her belly button.

Clench your fist, then wrap your other hand around it. Pull vigorously inward and upward five times.

If they haven’t coughed up what’s blocking their airways, call an ambulance and continue the punches and shoves.

If they don’t respond, begin CPR while you wait for the ambulance to arrive.

How you can help


IF you’re inspired by Myleene and want to make a difference in your community, the St. John Ambulance charity can help.

This year, the #AskMe campaign features young lifesavers.

The health and first aid organization runs six youth programs to help young people build confidence, learn important life skills and gain the knowledge of what to do in an emergency.

St. John relies on donations from the public to equip and train the next generation of young lifeguards.

Sign up or donate at sja.org.uk.

How to perform CPR

YOU should only perform CPR on someone who is unresponsive.

To do this, shake the patient by the shoulders and shout out loud: “Can you hear me? can you open your eyes can you squeeze my hand?”

If there is no response, act as soon as possible.

If you are in a public place where a defibrillator is likely to be present – e.g. B. in a leisure center, shopping center or airport – use it.

Unless you have been fully trained and are confident in ventilation with CPR, you should only attempt chest compressions

Place the heel of your hand in the center of the patient’s chest.

Place your other hand on top and interlace your fingers so you’re using both arms for the compressions.

Keeping your arms straight, press down firmly and gently on the sternum and release.

Aim for 100-120 compressions per minute, or about two per second.

Make sure you keep the tempo right by singing Stayin’ Alive (by the Bee Gees) and doing your compressions in time with the beat.

Continue until professional help arrives or until the patient shows signs of regaining consciousness.

What if they are a child?

Make sure the child is lying flat on their back.

Open the airway by gently tilting your head back, placing one hand on your forehead and two fingers under your chin.

If you can see an obstruction clearly and remove it safely (without risk of pushing it in further), do so carefully.

Pinch the soft part of her nose, form a seal around her mouth and give five breaths (with a break in between each). You should see her chest rise.

Ventilation should be followed by chest compressions.

For children, you should only perform compressions with one hand.

Place the heel of your hand in the center of the child’s chest.

Keep your arm straight and push down 30 times.

After 30 compressions, take two more breaths.

Repeat this 30:2 ratio until help arrives.

Advice on ventilation has changed since the outbreak of Covid-19.

Now the recommendation is that it’s safest to avoid being close to the patient’s face and find a light material like a t-shirt or tea towel to cover your nose and mouth to keep droplets from reaching you.

  • They Don’t Teach This At School by Myleene Klass (HQ, £20) is out next Thursday 12th May.
For a jellyfish sting - start by irrigating the affected area with seawater (not freshwater), then remove any spines left in the skin


For a jellyfish sting – start by irrigating the affected area with sea water (not fresh water) and then remove any spines left in the skinCredit: Delivered
They Don't Teach This At School by Myleene Klass (HQ, £20) is out next Thursday 12th May


They Don’t Teach This At School by Myleene Klass (HQ, £20) is out next Thursday 12th May

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