BRYAN, Texas As the number of private backyard and apartment pools goes up, so does the likelyhood of drownings.
Safety experts said that's more than enough reason to get CPR certified.
Drownings are one of the leading causes of death for children ages one all the way through adolescence. Yet, according to heart.org, most Americans still don't know how to perform CPR.
Alicia Oneill is one of those Americans. She feels safe at the Bryan Aquatics Center. There, trained life guards constantly scan the waters, alert for any signs of danger. But when it comes to her own training, she said that's a different story.
"I haven't taken CPR training yet," said Oneill. "It's something to think about."
Marty Mulgrew is the aquatics supervisor for Bryan aquatics. He said it's great that parents are so interested in teaching their children how to swim, but it's simply not enough.
"If they're tired, worn out, if there's some sort of physical accident. Being there, supervising them and being able to get to them quickly in those emergency situations is always going to be the key to preventing any sort of major traumatic event," said Mulgrew.
Mulgrew said drowning victims aren't the only ones who would benefit from CPR.
"Really CPR is good for anyone to have," Mulgrew said. "Heart disease is a major killer for a lot of people in the United States. So with heart attacks and things like that, you can very easily save a family member's life by getting that CPR."
Mulgrew said there are a lot of good places around the Bryan, College Station area to get trained. For a list of them, click here.
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