Don’t be a fool in the pool
INNOVATIVE first-aid advocates in Coffs Harbour have redefined April Fools' Day to launch their campaign on pool safety.
April Pools Day is the brainchild of Poolwerx Coffs Harbour owners Gerard and Shann O'Sullivan. It aims to encourage Australians to stop fooling around and get serious about learning CPR.
Supported by Laurie Lawrence's Kids Alive Do The Five program and St John Ambulance, the inaugural day was a response to the alarming increase in drownings in Australia.
First Aid Courses Coffs Harbour's Warwick Mordue applauded the quirky play on words to engage the community about the importance of CPR skills.
"To do it on April Fools' Day is quite a good idea, I think it's trying to get it out there more, we don't get it out there enough in the community," Mr Mordue said.
Research surveying a portion of everyday Aussies found 75% of them felt they did not have the necessary basic CPR skills to save a life in an emergency.
In his experience, Mr Mordue said many people were reluctant to do CPR because of mouth-to-mouth contact.
He stressed the compressions were the most important part of the process when it came to saving lives.
"The oxygen is already in the blood and the only way to do that is to do the compressions, that's way more important than the mouth-to-mouth," he said.
"If we say to people to just do the CPR only, more people are likely to do it and it takes away the fear out of doing it. By compressing the chest one-third of the chest depth on any age group, it doesn't matter if they're one day old or 100 years old, it starts pumping blood and the oxygen around the body."