Have you had a talk with your child and others in your family about how to react if someone chokes in their presence?

The Heimlich maneuver is a simple move that could save someone’s life if performed correctly. It can be done in a variety of ways, allowing even a child to help an adult.

The summer is full of backyard cookouts with children running around. It only takes a small bite of food to block someone’s windpipe, so it’s important for everyone to know how to help or ask for help if someone chokes.

First, make sure your child knows and understands the signs of choking. Next, walk them through the steps of how to perform the Heimlich maneuver. If they’re too small, teach them how to run to the nearest adult and call 911.

There are many online videos that can help you demonstrate how to help a choking person. Our deputies are CPR certified and receive training on how to help people in distress, but it only takes seconds before someone without air loses consciousness.

Teaching your child how to help someone who is choking could be the difference between life and death.