Safety Before the Swim: The Importance of Knowing CPR

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For many, CPR is something they think they will never have to use.

“It doesn’t matter how good your fence is, it doesn’t matter how good your safety net is,” says Shirlinda Savahl of Permian Basin CPR. “If there is a pad-lock on that gate, your kid will find a way into that pool.”

But as the days pass and the temperatures continue to go up, knowing CPR around the pool is important.

“You are not guaranteed to have a lifeguard, and at a personal pool there is no lifeguard,” says Kadyn Stegall, a CPR instructor. “If a child or an adult drowns or goes underwater, it is about 3 to 5 minutes for EMS to arrive.”

Permian Basin CPR says as weather warms up, the number of times CPR is needed also rises.

“There is definitely going to be a rise. Whenever it is warm and there is water, you are going to see a number of water related deaths,” says Savahl.

Before paramedics come, a lot of damage can happen in a little bit of time. Savahl recalls a time when one mother saved the life of her daughter. This all happened before the paramedics came and finished the job.

“She called our dispatcher, the dispatcher talked her through late person CPR,” says Savahl. “Thirteen minutes later we arrived, and were able to finish saving this child. Had her mom not done CPR, I would have had nothing to save.”

As drowning numbers continue to rise, the importance of knowing CPR becomes more important than ever.

“Drowning is the third leading cause for unintentional deaths,” says Stegall. “So it’s very important that everybody knows CPR. You can prevent that, we can get that number down.”

You can check out Permian Basin CPR’s website here for more information about different classes.

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