Red Cross Tips: Recognizing swimming emergencies
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time.
In water emergencies, every second counts. The victim's survival depends on quick rescue and immediate care.
The American Red Cross has released important reminders for parents, as we head into the summer months.
Know how to recognize an emergency:
- Many emergencies can happen quickly and silently.
- Know how to tell if a swimmer is in distress or is drowning. A distressed swimmer or drowning victim needs help immediately.
- Do not assume that a swimmer in distress is joking or playing around.
Know how to respond to an aquatic emergency:
- If someone is missing, check the water first.
- Reach or throw, don't go.
- Know how and when to call 911 or the local emergency number.
Have the right equipment:
- Have reaching and throwing equipment on hand.
- Whenever boating or near water, always have life jackets available.
- Have cell phones or portable phones nearby.
- Have a well-stocked first aid kit on hand.
For more information on these tips from the Red Cross, click here.