Here’s How To Save Yourself If You Are Alone And Choking

It’s probably safe to say many of us have had a moment of panic when we think we might be choking on food. Usually, it turns out OK and we can either cough it up or swallow it on our own, but that’s not always the case.

If you’re in public or eating with other people, you’d hope someone either knows how to help or can call 911 if you really are choking.

For people who eat many of their meals alone, however, the danger of choking can be much greater.


Firefighter Jeff Rehman knows all about safety. Aside from fighting fires, he has also been a paramedic and a BLS (Basic Life Support) and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) instructor for more than 20 years.

In an effort to save even more lives, he posted a video to YouTube that shows what to do if you find yourself choking — and alone.


“I have noted over those years that there is really no effective means for someone to rescue themselves should they be choking and nobody is there to help them,” he says in the video.

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The video has earned more than 7 million views. In it, he recommends a basic push-up motion to create suction to hopefully dislodge the obstructive object in your throat.


First, get on your knees in the push-up position, then let go of your arms, essentially letting your stomach and chest smack on the ground.

The air that moves out from this technique should be enough to remove the item blocking your airway.

Rehman warns this won’t work while pregnant and also notes that while nothing is 100 percent effective, “this is certainly a lot better than what we’ve been taught so far.”


Interesting to note, the maneuver actually came from Rehman’s boxing days. His coach taught him this strategy to tighten up his abdominal muscles, but he realized that it could serve a better purpose and applied it to his years as a paramedic.

We certainly hope you’ll never need to know this, but there is no such thing as being too prepared.

As always, be sure to use caution if using this or any medical technique.

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If you’re looking for information on how to save someone else from choking, there are also multiple YouTube videos on how to perform the Heimlich maneuver.

Check out Rehman’s instructional video on this technique below:

Watch These Children Hilariously Crash Their Dad’s TV Interview

If there’s one thing kids are good at it, it’s interrupting at the most inappropriate times. Or, depending on how you feel about politics, maybe this was actually the best time.

Professor Robert E. Kelly is an associate professor of international relations in the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy at Pusan National University in South Korea. He has done interviews in the past for BBC and CCTV, but his latest interview didn’t quite go as planned.

Kelly was recently being interviewed about South Korean politics live on BBC World News when some surprise visitors joined in. First up, Kelly’s daughter lets herself into his office. She is shortly followed by a baby in a walker.

“I think one of your children’s just walked in,” BBC World presenter James Menendez tells Kelly.

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Kelly’s reactions vary from mild annoyance to apologizing and smiling. Within seconds, Kelly’s wife rushes into the room, falling to her hands and knees to remove the adorable interrupters. She then crawls back in to shut the door.

Her reaction to the whole situation may just be the second-best part of the video.

Kelly managed to keep his composure and complete the interview successfully after his kids were taken out. The entire interruption was over in 40 seconds, but that’s long enough to send this clip into the land of viral internet videos.

Sorry, professor, this is too cute not to go viral and will in fact probably “get weird.” The internet is already responding, with most people being sympathetic to this dad just trying to do an interview from home.

Kelly has done numerous interviews from the same room (just take a look at his YouTube page), but it seems this was the first time his cute kids also wanted to take part.

Working from home sure has benefits, but distractions are a common drawback. In this case, we can’t help but hope there are more adorable at-home interviews in the future.