Number of choking-deaths in the U.S. 1945-2020
Death from choking
In the United States, the odds of one dying from choking on food is around 1 in 2,535. These odds are greater than the odds of dying from an accidental gun discharge or as a passenger on a plane. In 2020, there were around 1.5 deaths from choking per 100,000 population.
Choking among children
Choking is also hazardous among young children. Young children are not only in danger of choking on food, but also of choking on small objects, such as toys with small parts. Choking, strangulation, or suffocation are some of the leading reasons for the recall of children’s products in the United States. The other most common reasons for such recalls include the danger of bodily harm and risk of flammability, burn or electric shock.