Drowning is something every swimmer has to be wary of. Even experienced swimmers have overestimated their ability to swim and subsequently drowned. If you notice someone is experiencing difficulties and is beginning to drown, do you know what to do? If not, read this article to find out more.
Reach for Them
Your first instinct will be to jump into the pool and grab them. This can work, but it depends on the victim. If you’re the parent of a small child, it’s always best to jump in and physically lift them out.
A fully grown adult, on the other hand, can easily pull you into the water and drag you under. Reach out your hand. If they can’t reach it, throw in a rubber ring or other floatation device.
Safe and Sound
Someone who has been rescued reasonably quickly will likely spend a few minutes coughing up water. They won’t be receptive to speech at this point. If they’re clearly breathing well and coughing, wait until they’re done. These people are fine and don’t require any medical attention.
When someone has been in the water for too long, they’re the ones who might have fainted and need resuscitation.
The first thing you should do once you’ve got them out of the water is put them into the recovery position. In other words, leave them on their sides. Call 911 immediately.
In the meantime, check if they’re breathing. See if their chest is moving up and down and whether air is coming out of their nose and mouths. In the event they aren’t breathing, start CPR.
You should have received formal CPR training before you allowed anyone to swim in your pool. Improper CPR will accomplish nothing and will likely hasten their demise. Check their pulse to make sure it’s still there. If there’s no pulse, the best thing you can do is to wait for medical help.
After this event, you have to understand why someone was able to drown in your swimming pool in the first place. You should check whether you had fences and automatic locks on any gates. They should have had to make a conscious effort to get into the pool area.
If they couldn’t swim, it’s vital you take them for lessons. Prevention is the key to dealing with drowning. You should make a conscious effort to teach them of the dangers of the water and what to do to make sure they’re kept safe.
Ideally, everyone should be supervised when using the pool. Unless you’re a strong swimmer, someone should be available to check up on you.
If someone from outside your household is involved in a drowning incident, you need to have liability insurance. Pools are known as ‘attractive nuisances’, so if you don’t take proper safety steps they can sue you over it. This means proper safety fences, motion sensors, alarms, and automatic locks.
Talk to a legal expert to find out exactly what you need to do to make sure you’re taking responsibility.
Today’s guest post is contributed by Jane Myers. She is an ardent blogger who writes articles on a plethora of topics. She says she buys all her pool supplies and accessories from PoolProducs.com.
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