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With the warmer Spring months fast approaching, local pool owners are being encouraged to sign-up for the next free Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course on Wednesday 5 September, at the Bryan Brown Theatre and Function Centre.
Mayor Khal Asfour said the course is available to local households that have registered their backyard swimming pool and is being led by qualified instructors from St John Ambulance.
"Knowing the correct CPR technique can mean the difference between life and death, it is as simple as that," he said.
"It is critically important residents are aware of the potential dangers around water, particularly in regards to children who must be supervised by an adult at all times. But, in the event something does happen, having the knowledge of how to carry out CPR can be lifesaving."
Bass Hill resident, Ken Collins, who completed the course last year, said he now feels confident he knows what to do if faced with such a crisis.
"You sometimes see a drowning situation on TV, or in a movie, and I don’t think too many of us think much about the logistics," Mr Collins said.
"It was great to not only learn what to do when someone is not breathing or responsive, but also have the opportunity to practice those skills on a mannequin."
Mayor Khal Asfour said the home swimming pool is often a place of fun, however it is also a location with a high risk of drowning, particularly for children under the age of five.
"I hope no-one faces a situation where they need to use CPR but better to be ready than to be helpless and not know what to do, particularly if a loved one is involved," Mayor Asfour said.
"Our CPR courses have limited places, so it’s important pool owners book in and secure their place."
For more information and to book, call 9707 9223.
28/08/2018 10:49 AM