Kitchen Safety: Choking

Kitchen Safety: Choking

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  • Kitchen safety is important. One sub category of kitchen safety is how to understand, recognize,  and prevent choking.
  •  Choking occurs whenever somthing is caught in, or blocking your air way . Some common things people choke on include hard candies, round or smooth and slippery food, as well as food like grapes or hot dogs, and often hard food like nuts. Some thick foods (peanut butter) can also be a choking hazard.
  • Once, whenever I was younger, I choked on a hard candy just like this one.
  • That's right. And mom had to give you the Heimlich Maneuver. It's a good thing she caught the choking fast. You could have suffocated to death within 4 minutes.
  • To perform the Heimlich Maneuver, place your hands just below the rib cage on the abdomen.  Then, apply a sudden, slightly jolting pressure, in the attempt to  dislodge something that is blocking your air way. In order to perform it on yourself instead of others, try throwing your back or abdomen up against a wall, or back of a chair. This is a first aid procedure, so only use if necessary.
  • That's a good question. Alarmed expressions, as well as being unable to talk, cough, and obviously breath are signs of choking. Grasping their neck is a fairly straight forward sign, as they are most likely choking.
  • So, how can we recognize choking?
  • Now that you know all about choking hazards, go out and be vigilant and safe.
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