Free CPR training for families

CPR is one of the most important skills parents can learn. Hopefully, you’ll never need to use it. But if you do, you’ll be so glad you spent a little time learning these lifesaving skills. It’s especially important this time of year when kids are spending time in the pool or at the beach.

In the summer, between May and August, drowning deaths among children increase 89 percent over the rest of the year according to Safe Kids USA. Each year, more than 830 children under the age of 14 die as a result of drowning. Home swimming pools are the most common site of drowning for children between the ages of 1 and 4 years.

On Saturday, August 20, three free family and friends CPR training sessions will be held at the MERI (Medical Education and Research Institute). The one-hour sessions will be offered at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Certified CPR instructors from a number of other local agencies including the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, Christian Brothers University paramedic students, Methodist Healthcare and Memphis Fire Departments will lead the training. 

Please register in advance by calling 901-287-5992. Walk-ins are welcome. Dress comfortably and bring a towel or something to kneel upon.

prevention, safety, outdoor