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Officials warn of Thanksgiving Day hazards

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Emergency crews across the Grand Strand recommend taking precaution throughout the Thanksgiving holiday, as there are potential dangers associated with the holidays. 

Car accidents, cooking malfunctions and choking are all hazards that can happen during the season. More people are susceptible to accidents because there are drivers in town who have never driven the roads. Also, several people cook who don't cook on a normal basis, raising the level of potential kitchen fires. Choking can also happen because the most likely time a person chokes is when he or she is talking. Murrells Inlet Resident Lisa Murdock saved a man who was choking at a Chick-Fil-A Restaurant and she said knowing CPR helped her maintain composure.

"I would recommend one. I took one many many years ago and that's how I knew how to do it.  I remembered what to do. The first thing, you can't panic," Murdock said, "by the time emergency would've gotten there, the gentleman probably would've passed because he was choking so bad."

Murdock said she and another woman used the American Heart Association's advice on choking: give five back blows with the heel of your hand if the person isn't breathing or coughing.

"We bent him over a chair and I start thrusting on his back we both you know she jumped in and we were thrusting on his back and he spit the chicken nugget out and he started to breathe," Murdock said, "he was able, we got it out of him and he's alive today. It worked well. Afterwards he came over and gave both of them a hug I believe. He was very grateful."

Murdock never exchanged information with the victim, but said she would do it all over again because it was the right thing to do.

"He was very thankful, very scared while it was going on. He was, you could tell, a lot of people were scared," Murdock said.

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