You can teach an old sign new tricks.

You can teach an old sign new tricks.

Family fun days are fun, until they're not. Maybe the navigation app takes you down a one-way street, maybe Mr 3 year old vomits and covers the iPad, maybe you forget your favourite sunnies, who knows what will happen. That’s the fun part……… I think. When things don’t go to plan, such as an accident, we look for help, we ask for help, we google help and we hope that what we receive will actually help.


On a recent family fun day trip to have some fish and chips at the beach, we came across a wonderful place that the little one could have a swim. It was a man-made lagoon, no tide, no waves, no rips. It was waist deep and you could clearly see every part of it. This lagoon was ticking every item on my safety checklist. I forgave the fact of not having a lifeguard as there was a CPR poster on a post, on the walkway which was in clear view of everyone. My checklist was complete.


As we chose our spot to sit the child ran straight into the water fully clothed, they claimed it was paddling, thankfully my wife was in charge of supervision, so I went to get coffee. On my way to the coffee shop I stopped to look at the CPR sign.


The sign was on the post at around 2 two meters height, it was faded so that even if you were tall enough, it was hard to see. The information that was visible was outdated and the diagrams were confusing to look at. It was completely useless, beyond useless, in fact I would go as far as saying that in an emergency it would be detrimental. More time would be spent trying to understand and decipher the information than practically use it. Overall, not a good sign.

Then I wondered how many times the written information has been used to save lives. How many times people had needed that little visual prompt to go into action, to fire up the memory of the CPR course they attended last year, or was it the year before?


I thought about our CPR sign at home, the one with cobwebs covering the information, the one behind the hedge that is difficult to see. The sign that I never really paid attention to as I know first aid and CPR. I know it really well. But what happens if I am the one in trouble, what if I need chest compressions?


Needless to say, the sign has been cleaned and the hedge has been trimmed and the information is current. It is now able to help. Signs are not the only things that need to be updated and the cobwebs shaken off. Our memory needs a little help as well. Remember to do CPR training regularly. It will save lives.


A question to a 5-year-old.


How do you stay safe at the beach?


I run superfast like the flash. Then no sharks can get me.