Tips to Help Avoid Accidental Choking
Now that some parts of Canada have started to slowly revert back to normal with COVID-19 restrictions being loosened, many Canadians are excited to get back to doing some of the activities they love most! From backyard barbecues and homemade comfort foods, to visiting and ordering from your favourite restaurants, it is important to practice safe eating habits to help avoid accidental choking while enjoying your favourite dish or snack!
Here are some simple tips to remember that will help prevent any accidental choking this spring and summer season;
Take small bites – As excited as you may be to take a bite of a backyard BBQ burger, be sure not to overdo it! One of the most common causes of choking accidents is taking too big of a bite that you are unable to swallow.
Chew thoroughly – Unless you are in a professional hotdog eating contest, remember that finishing your food isn’t a race! Be sure to chew thoroughly while eating to avoid any large pieces of food from blocking your airway.
Alternate liquids and solids – Take a break from eating to have sips of water (or whatever your favourite beverage is) to help clear your mouth and throat of any residual food matter that may be present.
Clear throat between bites – If you ever feel like there could be some sort of blockage in your throat while eating, never hesitate to play it safe by clearing it! While it may not be the most pleasant thing to do at the dinner table, it could mean the difference between a happy meal and a sudden tragedy.
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