Choking Prevention and Safety Tips

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Know the signs and how to act in case of choking

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  • 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.

Courtesy: www.nsc.org

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Attending a Party or an Event – be careful what information you share regarding it on social media…

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Specifically, do not PUBLICLY POST check-ins to distant locales or respond to invitations to future events that involve all residents of your home – you may be letting the entire world know that your home will be empty and a prime target for robbery, or that you will arrive home late at night and, therefore, will be a good target for attack. Be cautious!!