Heimlich Heroes Blog


Jul 25, 2018

Did you know…?

Check out these quick facts about Heimlich Heroes™ and about choking!

30 to 40 school aged children die from choking each year.

This grieves our hearts. Most people who are choking can be saved with the Heimlich Maneuver®. Make sure your school staff and babysitters (and your kids – ages 7 and up) know how to respond in a choking emergency.

Just $14 helps fund training materials for 30 kids!

Heimlich Heroes is funded due to the generosity of Deaconess Association, Inc. Donations are critical to keep our program up and running. Your donations help provide note taking tools and getting started packets to our customers. Donate today!

People over the age of 70 and children under 3 are most likely to choke.

Anyone can choke, but it’s especially prevalent in older people and younger children. To prevent this, take small bites and chew food thoroughly.

Age guidelines on toys are in place largely to prevent choking.

Toys for older children often have small pieces that are a choking hazard to younger ones. Age guidelines should be followed so young children don’t get small toys or games pieces in their hands. As young children often put objects in their mouths, this can lead to choking.

According to the CDC, hand-washing education and access to soap in school can help improve attendance.

Washing hands is key to staying healthy and keeping illness away. Remind your children and students to wash their hands after using the restroom and before eating meals. Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information. (We know this doesn’t have anything to do with choking, but it is pretty amazing what a difference hand washing makes to our health!)

After just four minutes without oxygen, brain damage can occur.

When you or someone else is choking it blocks oxygen to the brain. It’s critical to act quickly in a choking emergency so that one can start breathing. Knowing the Heimlich Maneuver can give you confidence to act quickly and successfully.

The average response time to a 9-1-1 call in the United States is 11 minutes!

Think about how long you can hold your breath when swimming…15 seconds? 30 seconds? Even four minutes is too long to wait for the professionals when you are choking. All people need to be trained in basic first aid and especially the Heimlich Maneuver! Train them young and review it often.

You can purchase Heimlich Maneuver® posters for your school or youth organization for just $5!

Posters are an easy and inexpensive way to teach a large amount of people how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver. Visually seeing the maneuver may be enough instruction for someone to save a life! Check out our posters available in the Heimlich Heroes’ store.

The American Heart Association recommends adult CPR training for children 13 years and older.

CPR is an important skill to learn. AHA recommends children 13 and older to learn the skill because young children often lack the strength to perform CPR. You can register for a CPR training class near on the AHA website.

Slapping someone on the back when they are choking can further lodge the food and completely block the airway.

Heimlich Heroes does not recommend using back slaps on a choking victim. Giving back slaps can actually push the obstruction lower in the airway rather than forcing it up. Always help a choking victim by performing the Heimlich.

Approximately 5,000 people choke to death each year in the U.S.

Choking is preventable, and if you know the Heimlich Maneuver, many of these lives could be saved. This procedure is successful when performed correctly. Learn the Heimlich Maneuver – you can save a life!

The universal sign for choking is to place your hands at your throat.

Placing your hands around your throat can let people know you are choking and need help.

Younger children may not physically have the strength to do the Heimlich Maneuver or CPR when needed, BUT they can learn how to dial 9-1-1.

Make sure your children know their address and help them learn how to call 9-1-1 through role-play. Give them a toy phone and rehearse what they should say. Practicing this alone, can give them the confidence needed to be a help in an emergency situation.