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More Deaths From Falling Out of Bed Than Captive Reptiles

2-DSC_0058According to the Center for Disease Control, falling out of bed accounts for 1.8 million emergency room visits and over 400 thousand hospital admissions each year.  450 people die as a result of falling out of bed each year.

Captive reptiles cause fewer than one death per year in the United States.

A Comparison With Injuries From Home-Improvement Equipment

1-Logos_Revised_2_BW-002Captive reptiles are safer than toilets.
Equipment Year Number of
Nails, screws, tacks, and bolts 1996 198,849
Ladders 1996 138,894
Toilets 1996 43,687
Pruning, trimming, edging 1996 36,091
Chain saws 1996 13,458
Pliers, wire cutters, and wrenches 1996 15,957
Manual-cleaning equipment 1996 14,386
Power grinders, buffers, and polishers 1996 13,458
Buckets and pails 1996 10,907
Room deodorizers and fresheners 1996 2,599
Toilet-bowl products 1996 1,567
Paints or varnish thinners 1996 1,549
Captive Reptiles 1996 6

Source of home-improvement equipment injury data: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC, U.S.A. (1997).

Annual Risk of Death During Lifetime

1-Logos_Revised_2_BW-002Heart disease 1 in 6

Cancer 1 in 7

Stroke 1 in 29

Motor vehicle incidents 1 in 98

Intentional self-harm 1 in 109

Unintentional poisoning by and exposure to noxious substances 1 in 126

Falls 1 in 163

Car occupant 1 in 368

Pedestrian 1 in 701

Motorcycle rider 1 in 761

Accidental drowning and submersion 1 in 1,103

Exposure to smoke, fire, and flames 1 in 1,344

Pedalcyclist 1 in 4,381

Air and space transport incidents 1 in 7,178

Exposure to electric current, radiation, temperature, and pressure 1 in 12,420

Exposure to excessive natural heat 1 in 13,217

Cataclysmic storm 1 in 29,196

Contact with hornets, wasps, and bees 1 in 79,842

Earthquake and other earth movements 1 in 97,807

Legal execution 1 in 111,779

Lightning 1 in 134,906

Bitten or struck by dog 1 in 144,899

Flood 1 in 558,896

Fireworks discharge 1 in 652,046

Captive reptile incident (all kinds, including salmonella)  1 in 4,040,294

* Sources: All accidental death and disease information from National Safety Council.  Reptile fatality data provided by the US Herp Alliance, Inc.. 

Lifetime risk is calculated by dividing 2008 population (315,143,000) by the number of deaths, divided by 78, the life expectancy of a person born in 2008.

Nevada Exotic Animal Incidents 1990-2012

1-Logos_Revised_2_BW-002From 1990 through 2012, there have been two human deaths resulting from exotic animal incidents (including reptiles):

2007 a woman died resulting from an incident with her wolf hybrids.
2001 a trainer died resulting from injuries sustained from a Bengal tiger.

During that same time period, there have been eleven injuries from exotic animals of all types; one of these incidents involved a large constrictor.

All of these incidents involved the animal’s owner, keeper or trainer.  Not one of these incidents involved any member of the public.

Vending Machines Deadlier Than Constrictors

By Erika N. Chen-Walsh

vendingAccording to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission there were 37 known vending machine fatalities between 1978 and 1995, for an average of 2.18 deaths per year.* Most of these victims were members of the public.

According to HSUS, there have been 17 deaths caused by constricting snakes since 1978, for an average of 0.5 deaths per year.

The odds of being killed by a vending machine are therefore higher than being killed by a constrictor by a factor of more than four.

Beware of the high risk, deadly predator known as the vending machine, a greater public safety risk and more invasive/injuries species than any species of large constrictor!

*This statistic does not include the deaths caused by consuming the items sold from vending machines in terms of health impact, choking, or food poisoning.