While enjoying all the summer fun in the water that Wisconsin has to offer, be on the lookout for these 8 quiet signs of trouble:
|Children in water need constant supervision|
- A drowning person can't call for help - they're having too much trouble breathing. Their mouth sinks below and reappears above the surface of the water.
- A drowning person cannot wave for help - they instinctively extend their arms to the sides and press down to lift their mouth out of the water; a child may extend their arms forward. They cannot use their arms to move toward a rescuer or reach for rescue equipment.
- A drowning person remains upright in the water, with no evidence of kicking. They can struggle for only 20-6- seconds before going under.
- A drowning person's eyes are glassy and unable to focus, or closed.
- Their hair may be over their forehead or eyes.
- The head is low in the water, with mouth at water level; head may be tilted back with mouth open or a child's head may fall forward.
- A drowning person doesn't look like they're drowning - they may seem to be looking up at the sky, shore, pool deck or dock. Ask them, "Are you alright?" If they answer, they're probably fine; if they return a blank stare, you may have less than 30 seconds to reach them.
- Children playing in the water make noise - if they are quiet, you need to find out why immediately!