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Coconuts Kill More People Than Captive Reptiles

coco-nut-tree-tropical-climate-MexicoCoconuts kill around 150 people every year. Falling from a height of 80 feet, they can build up an impact speed of 50 mph.

Captive reptiles kill less than one person per year.

*Journal of Trauma, Injuries due to Falling Coconuts

Thank you, Eric Roscoe, for this important safety bulletin.

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.

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.