Here’s How To Save Yourself If You Are Alone And Choking
This video could save your life.
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 okay and we can either cough it up or swallow it on our own, but that’s not always the case.
In 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.
In the video, which has been viewed more than 7 million times, he uses a basic push-up motion to create suction to hopefully dislodge the object that is blocking 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 whatever is stuck in your airway.