What do you do when somebody is choking? If you say that you apply the Heimlich maneuver, then you are absolutely correct. This simple maneuver of wrapping your arms around someone and pulling them at the midsection in order to forcefully dispel the food that is lodged in their windpipe has been responsible for saving countless lives. It’s something that you should know how to do and if you see somebody that is choking, you should be able to apply it without even thinking. You never know, simply knowing the Heimlich maneuver can make you a hero.
Then again, what do you do if you are alone and you begin choking on some food? This is perhaps one of the most terrifying things that can possibly happen. It only takes a moment for you to suddenly realize that you aren’t able to get the air that you need. Within moments, you know that you are going to lose your breath and pass out entirely unless you are able to do something about it. It is not easy to perform the Heimlich maneuver on yourself, but a fireman has a method that can save your life in this instance. It is one of the many different things that you can do when you are choking and are alone, and it’s a good skill to know.
As you see in the video below, it is a method that can help to force the food out of your windpipe and allow you to breathe again. A fireman is the person who demonstrates it, and it is not very difficult to do. As long as you keep your wits about you and do this, it can save your life.
Quite simply, you start out on your hands and knees and then you forcefully drop yourself onto your chest. That act of dropping yourself on your chest causes the wind to be forced out of your lungs and can dislodge any food that is stuck in your windpipe. You may have to do it a few times, but this simple action may be able to save you and get you breathing again.