How can I clear my own airway if I am alone and choking?

American Red Cross
Administration
  • If you are alone and choking, bend over and press your abdomen against any firm object, such as the back of a chair, a railing or the kitchen sink. 
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  • Do not bend over anything with a sharp edge or corner that might hurt you, and be careful when leaning on a rail that is elevated. 
  • Alternatively, give yourself abdominal thrusts, using your hands, just as if you were administering the abdominal thrusts to another person. 
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