Anyone who has ever been involved in an emergency knows first-hand that every second is crucial, and that depending on the situation, it could very well become a matter of life and death.

While panic is oftentimes a natural response to emergencies (both large and small), following a specific set of procedures can yield much better results. This is particularly the case if an individual appears to no longer be breathing and/or is unconscious.

According to the Red Cross, it is essential to first check for safety on the scene. For instance, if there is falling debris or fire, make sure that everyone is out of harm’s way, and that there is a safe spot for people to congregate.

Next, check the responsiveness the victim (or victims). Even just a tap on the shoulder or asking if they are ok can provide the information that is needed to take the next life-saving step. For example, if there is no response from the victim(s), 911 or other emergency number should be contacted immediately.

While waiting for the first responders, CPR should be performed on the unconscious individual(s). This should begin by rolling the person face-up and supporting his or her neck and back so that they are in a straight line and are able to let air flow in and out.

Next, open the airway by tilting the victim(s)’s head and lifting their chin while blowing into the victim(s)’s mouth for approximately one second, watching for the chest to rise. Pinching the individual’s nose shut and making a seal over their mouth can keep the air going in from seeping back out. (For those who are not familiar with how to perform CPR, the 911 or other emergency operator should be able to walk through each step via the phone).

Provided that emergency services have been notified, help should arrive within a short time and can take over the administering of CPR, as well as any of the other medical services that are necessary.

Having a plan in place for emergencies, as well as ensuring that the proper equipment like alarm(s) and other notification systems are in place, can help to get emergency medical technicians and other first responders there quickly when they are needed.

At Life Safety Project, it is our mission to ensure that emergency services arrive as quickly as possible. We can provide custom alert systems that are geared to your specific needs so that emergencies are attended to quickly, reducing the chance that the situation becomes much worse. Contact us to find out how we can help.