April Pools Day: CPR workshop to help equip parents with skills to save life in emergency


April Pools Day ambassador Laurie Lawrence, Poolwerx Cchief executive John O’Brien and Russell Crawford  from Australian Red Cross.
April Pools Day ambassador Laurie Lawrence, Poolwerx Cchief executive John O’Brien and Russell Crawford from Australian Red Cross.

A GWELUP business will host a free CPR demonstration on April 3 after research revealed parents tend not to have the skills to save a life in an emergency.

A Poolwerx commissioned study found 37 per cent of parents did not know where to get CPR training, 26 per cent believed they did not have the time to undertake training and 34 per cent said their partner knew CPR, making it unnecessary for them to learn.

It also found 75 per cent of Australian parents believed they did not have the necessary CPR skills to save a life in an emergency.

Michael Hamel-Smith, from Poolwerx, said the “alarming” statistics spurred the April Pools Day initiative, which is supported by Australian Red Cross and safety campaigner Laurie Lawrence of Kids Alive.

The Gwelup store will host a 20-minute hands-on CPR demonstration in store on Monday, April 3 at 10am to help refresh the communities’ knowledge of these lifesaving skills.

For CPR demonstration locations and times go to aprilpoolsday.com.au.

For details for the special CPR courses available through Australian Red Cross Australia visit go to www.redcross.org.au/first-aid.aspx.