• Choking Prevention and Safety Tips

    ​Know the signs and how to act in case of choking

  • Choking


    ​According to Injury Facts 2014, choking is the eighth leading cause of unintentional injury deaths. Foods are responsible for most choking incidents. Choking can cause a simple coughing fit or something more serious like a complete block in the airway, which can lead to death. A few simple behaviors can keep you and your loved ones from choking such as chewing food slowly and not drinking too much alcohol. 

  • Choking Infants and Children


    Choking hazards for children include food, toys and household items. Signs of a choking child include: difficulty breathing, a weak cry or cough, bluish skin color, loss of consciousness or inability to make a sign/high pitched sounds while inhaling. To prevent choking in children, keep small objects out of reach, cut food into small pieces and keep hard candy away from children.

  • Choking in Older Adults


    ​In older adults, having dentures and difficulty with swallowing can increase their risk of choking. Older adults who live alone may not have the help they need if they choke. A choking adult will be coughing or gagging, wheezing, may pass out or turn blue.

  • What if Someone is Choking?


    • Call 911 immediately
    • If you can, use CPR
    • Even after you stop choking, it’s important to seek medical attention

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