Hot Dogs Cause More Annual Deaths Than Captive Reptiles

By Erika N. Chen-Walsh

hotdogcancerAccording to the policy statement published by Pediatrics on February 23, 2010, more than 10,000 children under the age of 14 go to the emergency room each year after choking on food and approximately 77 of them die.  Seventeen percent of those children, or more than 13 children per year, choke to death on hot dogs.

The actual odds that your child will choke to death on a hot dog are roughly, one in 181,230.

Captive reptiles of all varieties are implicated in the deaths of fewer than one human being per year.

The odds of being killed in a captive reptile incident (all kinds, including salmonella)  are only 1 in 4,040,294.

One thought on “Hot Dogs Cause More Annual Deaths Than Captive Reptiles”

  1. And yet the usual first response to “I have a pet reptile” is “OMG, SALMONELLA! YOU’RE GOING TO DIIIIIEEEEE!!”, from people who’ve literally never held a single reptile in their life, aside from perhaps a snake in their yard.

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