Swimming is an enjoyable activity, and once you see someone signaling for help or just trying hard to stay afloat above water, these are tips that can help you recognize if they need help and to avoid drowning from happening:
- Take a closer look at younger children. Ensure someone is supervising them, and someone is near enough to help them if they have swallowed water or drowned.
- Watch closely those who are bobbing their head uncomfortably. If you see someone struggling, ask him or her if they need help and make sure they are at a level they are comfortable with to avoid future problems.
- Make sure kids are at the right level. Don’t let them wander off alone. Usually, community pools have lifeguards, but don’t let your guard down if the place is crowded.
What can you do when someone is drowning
When someone is drowning, immediately call 911. Then, assess if they are conscious and breathing. Consider if that person has a broken neck.
Check their pulse, and if there’s no heartbeat, start CPR. If you don’t know these steps, wait for help to come or ask someone nearby if they know-how.
However, if there is no heartbeat, CPR is not needed. The hospital or 911 should assess how they are and should take over the patient.
How to prevent drowning
There are precautions you can take to avoid drowning. Here are some of them:
- Learn how to swim. Ask someone to teach you or attend a class or school that professionally teaches you.
- Do not swim alone. Make sure there are people around or with you when you’re swimming, for you won’t know what will happen while you are underwater.
- Never leave alone your babies or infants in the bathtub, sink, or pool. Babies tend to lay on their backs when no one is supporting their necks, make sure someone stays by them at all times to prevent drowning.