Drowning accidents are not new here in Singapore. We are surrounded with waters but that does not mean that drowning is natural. Anything that claims life is not normal so drowning should be prevented. There are many things that you can consider when you want to prevent drowning.
The first thing that you need to be sure of is your swimming ability. If you know how to swim, you have greater chances of not drowning but then again, even those that know how to swim sometimes experience drowning. The best way is not to go deeper and watch out for the current.
If you want to go deeper and farther, you should use a life jacket. But that is not enough, sometimes things happen. It is important that you know how to deal with drowning. Whether you are the victim or you want to help the victim, it is imperative that you consider first aid. What’s the best way to deal with drowning?
1. Get help. If there is a life guard on sight, you have to notify him/her when you see a person struggling in the water. If you are alone, you have to do your best to help the person.
2. Move the victim. It is crucial that you move the victim out of the water. When you moved him/her, it is time to place a call. Call for help or ask someone to call for it.
3. Check if he/she is breathing. The next thing that you need to do is check if the person is breathing. You will know if he/she is breathing by looking into his/her chest. You can also put your ear to the person’s nose and mouth.
4. Check the pulse. If the person is not breathing, you should immediately check for the pulse. You have to check the pulse for at least ten seconds.
5. Start CPR. If you cannot feel the pulse, you have to proceed with the CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation). If you are not trained for this, look for someone who can do it or better yet wait for the paramedics.