What to Do When Someone Chokes


According to National Safety Council, choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States. Therefore, it’s important for people to know what to do in case of such an emergency.

Signs of Choking

Clutching the throat is the universal sign that someone is choking. Other signs include:

  • Gagging
  • Uncontrollable coughing or wheezing
  • Inability to speak (this indicates the airway is completely blocked)
  • Panic
  • Loss of consciousness

How to Respond to Choking

A person who can’t cough, speak or breathe needs immediate help. Let them know that you will use the Heimlich maneuver to prevent suffocation before you perform any assistance.

NOTE: The procedure is not recommended for children younger than 1.

Another way you can help is this: stand behind the victim and have them lean slightly forward as you support their chest with one hand. With the heel of your other hand, deliver 5 strong blows between the victim’s shoulder blades and wait for the foreign object to dislodge.

If neither of these techniques work, contact 911 immediately.

Be Ready to Save a Life

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If you wish to renew any of your Certifications, we also provide Certification Services to assist you through the whole process.

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