We all have things that make us squirm; it’s spiders for some and the idea of being trapped in an elevator or falling off a cliff for others. While the likelihood of actually sustaining a deadly bite from a spider or plunging to our doom is fairly low, it’s still enough to make us shiver. Once you read about how dangerous these seemingly harmless objects can be, you may not want to be in the same room as them, either.
We all like to walk into a room bathed in the warm glow of a scented candle, but these mood setters are more dangerous than you think. Candles are responsible for 15,000 house fires each year. To minimize your risk, don’t light them when you’re feeling sleepy, and opt for jarred candles over pillar versions.
Your Cell Phone
According to a recent study conducted by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, some 16% of cell phones contain fecal matter, which can carry diseases like hepatitis. Don’t take your phone into the bathroom with you!
Using your cell phone on the road can also claim your life. An estimated 6,000 deaths due to texting and driving were reported last year.
They may be a stepping stone to better health, but these contraptions are responsible for 15,000 deaths per year. Don’t use this as an excuse to not use them, though – heart disease is still the number one cause of death in the United States.
It’s true. Annually, 1,700 men are sent to the ER for zipper-related injuries.
Icy spikes claim the lives of 100 people per year. That may not sound like much, but being impaled with an icicle is a brutal way to go.
There’s a correlation between watching more than two hours of TV a day and a shortened life span: up to 1.5 years, on average. This doesn’t mean the actual frequency is killing you. It’s more likely due to other variables, like physical inactivity and lack of social support. Make sure you’re getting plenty of time away from the TV to stay ahead of the curve.
Duck and cover if you hear “fore!” Golfers can be killed by wayward clubs and balls. There have even been instances where golf clubs have shattered (after being swung angrily against an object) and impaled people.
No matter how much you love your finger bling, take them off and wash them off every once in a while – they could be harboring up to 730 million germs! Take your rings off when you’re handling raw meat or eggs to minimize your risk of food-borne disease like salmonella or listeria.
Anyone who has experienced a close encounter with these creatures can testify that, while pretty, swans can be pretty mean. They’ve strangled dogs and even capsized small boats. If you hear one of these things hissing, back away slowly. They can be dangerous when they feel threatened.
As it turns out, even your bed can be deadly. An estimated 600 people die a year just from falling out of it. We suggest building a pillow moat to hold yourself in and to avoid sleeping on the top bunk.
While these facts may want to keep you from ever leaving your (bed-free, candle-free) home, the likelihood of experiencing one of these is minuscule. Save your worry for the real dangers. If you’ve been injured due to an error that wasn’t your own and believe you may be entitled to compensation, call personal injury attorney Brian White.