Choking is a dangerous hazard that could potentially be life-threatening. While most people understand how to help someone who is choking – the Heimlich maneuver – things are more muddled when you’re the one choking. What happens when you are choking, and no one around you is available to help?
Although this situation almost never happens (I really hope it never happens to you), it’s better to be safe rather than sorry.
Jeff Rehman, otherwise known on YouTube as cobramedic1, is a fire medic with over 20 years of experience. He’s saved countless lives, and after serving so many years, he’s developed a special technique that will save you from choking, especially when no one is around to help.
Here are the main points:
Remain calm and don’t panic.
Get down on to your knees and get into a table-top position with your body vertically over your arms
Swiftly pull your arms away so your chest falls hard into the ground. You want impact to be so strong that it forces a large amount of air out of your lungs. This will dislodge whichever is choking you.
Watch the video below to see Jeff demonstrate the technique.