5 Tips to Avoid Having to Give Your Kids CPR or Choking Relief

  1. NEVER leave an infant unattended in the bathtub – children can drown in as little as 2” of water. This includes toilets, fountains, and buckets of water.
  2. Reduce the water heater in your home to 120 Fahrenheit. Water at 120F takes 5 minutes to cause a burn. It only takes 6 seconds to cause a burn at 140F.
  3. If you have a swimming pool in your yard, you must have 2 fences: one around the pool and and a 2nd fence around the yard. Most toddlers drown in residential swimming pools.
  4. Keep your infant in a rear facing car seat, in the back seat, from birth until around 2 years of age.
  5. Avoid feeding your infants and young children under the age of 4 or 5 foods such as whole hot dogs, whole grapes, uncut cherry tomatoes, peanuts, popcorn, hard candy, large chunks of vegetables or large chunks of  meat. These are all major choking hazards.  A child who chokes on a hot dog is much more likely to need an emergency room visit. Around 2000 kids die each year from choking.
Gail Gould

Gail Gould

Infant child adult CPR First Aid training - Pediatric Safety Specialist

  • American Heart Association CPR instructor
  • National Safety Council CPR instructor
  • M.Ed. Exercise Science/Health Promotion