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Colin's Hope Advocating Water Safety and CPR

Updated: Thursday, June 19 2014, 04:09 PM CDT

Water safety and drowning prevention organization reminds parents to get CPR trained for summer

Summer officially kicks off on Saturday and families are hitting the lakes and pools to cool off. But remember: safety is always first. Are you CPR certified? Drowning is the leading cause of death for kids under age five.

Colin's Hope is a non-profit organization created after four year old Colin Holst drowned at a public pool with adult supervision and lifeguards on-duty. The non-profit organization raises water safety awareness, reminding parents to get CPR trained.

But executive director, Alissa Magrum, says that performing CPR is actually the last line of defense in water safety. She says adults need to keep kids within arm's reach, at least one adult should always be assigned to watch all swimming children, and it is also a good idea to enroll kids (the younger the better) in swim lessons.  

The public is invited to attend a free community CPR training event hosted by Colin's Hope on June 27 from 2-3 p.m. at Backwoods Austin.

Here are some links to get you better educated and CPR trained and/or certified:
Colin's Hope
The Expedition School
Austin YMCA

By Ashley Roberts

Colin's Hope Advocating Water Safety and CPR


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