Compassion for Life/Disaster Relief Servants
WHAT TO DO IN A DROWNING EMERGENCY AND PREVENTION TIPS
IN THE CASE OF A DROWNING:
- Call 911.
- Remove the victim from the water any possible way. If conscious, use a pole, rope or a piece of clothing to pull the victim from the water. A panicked victim can grab a rescuer and pull them down causing them both to drown. If the victim is unconscious, be careful not to move the head and neck if there is a question of a head or neck injury. Do nothing if the person is talking or breathing.
- If the victim pulled from the water is not talking or breathing, and you know CPR, begin and do not stop until the paramedics arrive to take over.
- If you cannot locate the individual due to the water depth, such as that of lakes, rivers, etc., call 911 and a search team like “Search One Rescue Team” @ 1-800-293-7248.
- Teaching children and adults to swim is an important intervention in the prevention of drowning accidents.
- Education about the risks of swimming in particular conditions is also essential to reduce the effects of drowning.
- Refraining from swimming beyond your skill level.
- Constant, uninterrupted, adult supervision of children around all forms of water including small bodies of water like bathtubs, buckets, etc.
- Never swim alone or in an unsupervised place. Teach children to always swim with someone present.
- Lifeguards on duty at public swimming areas.
- Inflatable life jackets for children and adults with low swimming skills, when bathing or in open waters.
- Refrain from alcohol consumption before and while swimming and boating.
- Ensuring that suction outlets in pools, hot tubs and spas are safely constructed and made at a safe level.
- Adequate rescue aids on boats and ships with the proper training of the crew in rescue procedures and relate that information to the passengers.
- Learning CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation), which is taught at the hospital and by other trained professionals. This is particularly important for pool safety for individuals who regularly participate in water recreation.
- Check the water depth before entering to ensure that you are swimming at an appropriate level for your abilities.