CPR classes to be offered at library

Published 3:40 pm Saturday, May 30, 2015

Valuable classes that might save a life will be offered at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library.

The American Heart Association CPR training sessions will be held at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library June 6. The sessions, which will be led by instructors from the Alabama Community Education, will begin at 9:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., with each session lasting two hours.

Glenda Shaw, director of the courses, said individuals never know when an emergency will strike. The class will prepare participants for that.

“CPR and first aid is a class that teaches you how to provide care to someone who has been injured,” she said. “It (CPR) does not restart the heart. It pumps blood and oxygen to important arteries, until advanced help arrives.”

Shaw said a set of teachers who want to provide safety for their classes, are among those who have already signed up. Shaw said more than 70 people have registered for classes.

Summer is a great time to take the courses because of time spent in the water.

“A lot of times kids get in the water, then somebody pulls them out, but they don’t know what to do next,” Shaw said. “If they knew CPR there would be a chance they could save their lives. When an emergency like that strikes they’re are just standing around waiting on an ambulance to get there. You might have minutes to react before brain damage sets in.”

Participants are asked to bring something to kneel upon, like a towel. Each session will cost $27. The last day to register will be June 5.

To register for the classes, email shaw0033@gmail.com or call 267-0033.