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Public-images-osm logo.svg emergency = life_ring
Da life ring.jpg
A floating ring to throw out to someone who is struggling in water. Show/edit corresponding data item.
Group: emergencies
Used on these elements
may be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
Status: in use

An emergency flotation device that is thrown to a person in need, usually attached by rope so the device can be pulled back. Often found beside more popular water courses, reservoirs, beaches, lakes etc.

See Lifebuoy on Wikipedia

How to map

Place a node node at the storage place of the life ring and add emergency=life_ring.

Tags used in combination

  • ref=* - a reference identifier
  • support=* - How is the ring supported/anchored
  • operator=* - Who owns and maintains the ring?
  • colour=* - What colour is the ring?


  • support=pole The ring is mounted on a pole.
  • support=pillar The ring is mounted on a pillar or column.
  • support=wall_mounted The ring is mounted to a wall.
  • support=fence The ring is mounted to a fence.


No known rendering on OSM website.


Life ring.png as seen in iD editor.

Life ring images

See also