With summer just around the corner, many people plan impatiently their next break. To escape the routine and enjoy a few days of peace, are the best reward ever.
When the heat is unbearable and fans can barely cool you off; beaches, swimming pools or rivers become our greatest allies to fight high temperatures.
Every year, especially in summer, there are thousands of accidents in the aquatic environment. If we follow some preventive measures, we can spend an unforgettable day without any kind of fright. The Red Cross and the police corps launch thousands of tips during the summer to enjoy a holiday without frights. Take pen and paper and write them down.
Better safe than sorry
Following some preventive measures can make a difference. The importance of realizing that water is an unknown environment for us, even though we are familiar with it, is crucial.
Take a bath carefully
Visit beaches with lifeguards in their working hours. Stay tuned to the lifeguard’s and rescue group’s instructions and check that the conditions for a safe bath are given. Don’t trust your adventurer instincts and pay attention to the flags.
If the current surprises you and pushes you offshore, don’t fight against it, let yourself be carried away and then, swim parallel to the beach. In this way, you can return to land.
Beware of “cool” floats
For a couple of years, floats are the star of the summer. Unicorns, flamingos, slices of pizza, pineapples; everything is possible. However, we must be very careful. The current or the wind can play a trick on you. Use them only in the swimming pool.
Get hydrated and head for shade
High temperatures favor dehydration. Therefore, it is important that, when we are exposed to the sun, to always have a bottle of water at hand to drink and refresh ourselves. Remember not to sunbathe for many hours. A hat or a peak can be the perfect complement for your long walks along the shore.
Despite of these advices, an emergency can happen any time. Have you thought if you would know how to act in that kind of situation? From OneUP, we tell you which steps you must follow in case of an accident.
What is the DRAB?
These are the steps you must follow in case of an emergency. This abbreviation refers to the words: danger, response, airway and breath. It is very important to follow this order and stay calm at all times.
Taking control of the situation will not only help the person who is in danger but will make you act more effectively.
First, take the person out of the water. If you can’t do it without putting yourself in danger, ask for help. Once the person is outside of the water:
- Check if the person is conscious, find out if he reacts to sensitive stimulus.
- If the person doesn’t react, check if he breathes. Put your ear closer to his nose and watch if the breast moves up and down. If this doesn’t happen, the person has probably suffered a cardio-respiratory arrest (CPR).
- Perform a mouth-to-mouth ventilation 5 times, opening the respiratory tracts and pinching the nose.
- Next, perform 30 compressions in the middle of the chest, in the sternum, using both hands. Spread the arms and keep them perpendicular to the floor. Help yourself with the weight of your body. If water comes out of his mouth, don’t be afraid, it’s normal. The cardiac massage also compresses the lungs, which can be full of water. Tilt his head over so the water can come out.
- Perform the same process from the beginning. Do the mouth-to-mouth 2 times, and then perform 30 compressions. Keep doing this until the emergency assistance arrives.
- If there is a defibrillator, ask for it and use it.
However, there are alternatives that avoid carrying out this type of extreme situations, in which CPR is the only way to save a life. Its outcome depends a lot on the means and actions that are developed at the moment.
OneUP is an alternative that provides security and reduce the number of drownings.
Currently, there is no portable life-preserver that is activated automatically when in contact with water. OneUP is the only device of this type that can be thrown from a safe distance.
Our goal: to create an aquatic rescue network of citizens.