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Prevent Choking: Hotdog Safety For Kids This Memorial Day

If you have a young child who will eat a hotdog this Memorial Day weekend, do this one little thing:

  • Cut the hotdog lengthwise into smaller pieces and dice it up

Inside Edition reports that hotdogs are “the number one cause of food choking in children under three.” (Inside Edition also goes on to describe a four-year-old child who died from choking on a hotdog, as well as an adult at a baseball game, so it can happen at all ages.)

Why are hotdogs the number one cause of choking in young kids?

It’s because a piece of hotdog is like a plug in a child’s small airway.

Sometimes there’s nothing you can do to prevent freak accidents, but a little bit of “hotdog safety” can go a long way, especially considering that thousands of hotdogs will be consumed this Memorial Day weekend.

In fact, according to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, we eat 818 hot dogs every second during “hot dog season” (Memorial Day through Labor Day).

That’s seven billion hot dogs, many of them undoubtedly eaten by kids.

So eat up. But remember that hotdogs are a choking hazard for both adults and kids, and especially kids. So slow down, take a moment to slice and dice that hotdog, and enjoy your cook-out this Memorial Day weekend.

About the Lawyers of Ferrer & Gonzalez, PL in Miami

No, we generally won’t sue the hotdog company if someone chokes on a hotdog. (Note how we say “generally.”)

But we do sue for other things, like when an establishment – a baseball stadium with vendors that serve hotdogs, for example – doesn’t perform basic life-saving activities or fails to properly train their staff. (This generally falls under premises liability law.)

We hope your weekend is free of mishaps, but if it isn’t, give us a call at 305-262-2728. We may be able to help.

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