Seconds, that is.
Do not jump head first into an emergency. It serves no purpose and may be dangerous to run into a situation without full awareness of your surroundings. If an infant or child is injured always “take 5” seconds to stop, take a breath, look and access the scene.
Ask yourself a few questions.
- What happened?
- Is the scene safe to help?
- How many people are involved?
- What’s my priority?
Putting yourself in danger does not allow you to help someone else. For instance, if you cannot swim do not jump into the deep end of a pool to save a drowning child. It makes no sense to have two victims.