Everyone is acutely aware of the most common causes of death, but there are several everyday items that you might want to be more weary of. Many of them might even be something you use all the time! Keep reading for 10 common items that could kill you.
You might be surprised to find out that almost every day in the United States someone is killed or drowns in a hot tub. Many of theses deaths are attributed to drowning due to over indulgence in drugs or alcohol, resulting in falling asleep in the hot tub. However, some are also attributed to homicide.
9. Electric Blanket
Who doesn’t love a warm, cozy electric blanket on a cold night? Well, you might think twice next time you pull it out this winter. Electric blankets cause nearly 5,000 fires per year, which results in about 20 deaths each year.
For many people, this is a common fear. Getting your foot, shoe, or clothing stuck in an escalator is a frightening thought. Sadly, it is a reality for about 30 people each year who are killed by escalators and the approximately 17,000 people that are seriously injured. Maybe next time you go to the mall, you’ll opt to take the stairs.
Magnets, they seem so innocuous right? Everyone has them on their fridge! Wrong. Magnets pose a serious risk to young children who are prone to putting things in their mouths and swallowing them. If a child swallows more than one magnet, the two (or more) will try to find each other through the path of least resistance. This could be through intestinal walls, which can cause major internal damage. Keep magnets out of reach for small kids until they are out of that phase.
6. Dryer Lint
This is another fire starter item in your home. Nearly 3,000 house fires occur each year as a result of dryer lint. These fires result in about 5 deaths per year. It is very important to clean the lint trap in your dryer before and after each use to prevent build-up. It is also good practice to scrub the lint trap insert with soap and water on a regular basis to prevent a build-up of detergent or fabric softener.
5. Heavy Furniture
Furniture, such as dressers and bookshelves, pose a major risk to small children. Children often want to climb dresser drawers or shelves to see what is on top. This results in the piece of furniture crushing the child, which can lead to death due to internal injuries. Death by furniture is not quite as common as some of the other hazards on this list, but about 200 people were killed by falling furniture over a 16 year period in the US.
While headphones themselves can’t kill you, they can cause your death. Many people wear headphones while they are out and about either working out or running errands. In some cases, headphones cause a distraction to the pedestrian and result in being hit by a car. Many of these accidents are fatal and could have been avoided. Be alert and keep your volume down if you are in or near a busy roadway.
This one does not apply to everyone, as not everyone lives somewhere that gets snow and ice, but icicles can definitely be an unexpected killer. Many people each year are injured or even killed by these frozen ice stakes. Make sure to keep an eye out next winter and watch where you’re walking!
This is probably the most upsetting item on this list. Everyone loves to be in their comfy beds trying to get a good night’s rest. But did you know that over 700 people die each year in the United States from falling out of their beds? In fact, Americans are more likely to die each year from falling out of their bed than being killed by a terrorist. Stay safe, sleepers!
1. Hot Dogs
One of America’s favorite foods is also a potential choking hazard to children. Over 10,000 children ages 14 and under are taken to the hospital each year after choking on hot dogs. Of those children, about 75 die each year. Many people do not realize that due to children’s small airways and inability or forgetting to chew properly, hot dogs can be very unsafe. Make sure to cut hot dogs into small enough pieces for your child depending on their age.
While these are just some of the everyday items that can kill you, there are many more. Most of the time these items are harmless, but deaths do occur. Be a little more cautious next time you ride an escalator, don’t leave electric blankets plugged in unattended or overnight, and clean out your dryer’s lint trap! Hopefully, by understanding the risk of these common items, you will be able to keep yourself and your loved ones a bit safer.