I am embarrassed to say that after all my experiences with people refusing to learn First Aid basics like CPR and Heimlich, it was not until today that I come to find out Florida does not have mandatory teaching of these two basic life-saving procedures in school.
What the flock is wrong with Florida Schools and Legislators? (Rhetorical question)
I got my first CPR training back in the 70s when it was like 18 steps to take and we had to memorize them. Nowadays it is simplified to about 4 and it takes about thirty minutes of training for a whole bunch of people to be certified in both CPR and Heimlich plus walking away with a cute CPR shield in a key ring pouch.
When we moved to Miami, the Hialeah Fire Department offered a fantastic class that covered CPR according to age and the same for Heimlich. Also how to talk to 911 to give the proper information and not freak during the event. My last training was about 3 years ago and we are down to doing compressions at the beat of “Staying Alive.” Hey, if it works, don’t knock it. The point is, if you don’t have the training, if your family does not have the training, specially the young ones, it needs to be taken.
And please do not stop there. See what other basic First Aid stuff you can learn. Blood Loss Prevention and whatever else you can stuff your brain with. It is amazing what life-saving techniques do to your feelings of Self Reliance.