The Center for Disease Control keeps comprehensive records of how Americans die. One might not be surprised by the most common causes of death which include cancer and heart disease. There are a number of other types of categories of death that appear with less regularity but still claim thousands of lives each year.
Many of these causes of death might surprise you but given the fact that they occur thousands of times each year, it might be important to consider how these situations might be more dangerous than you might otherwise think. You should be mindful of these situations and be more careful when you are in or around these places.
More than 10,300 people died in a recent year from a fall involving a bed. This is 25% more than deaths that occur from a fall out of or through a building or structure. When people are getting into or out of the bed they may be tired, disorientated, dizzy, or even intoxicated. The chances of falling are quite great and a serious fall could result in death.
Would you be surprised to learn that more than 10,200 people died of accidental suffocation and strangulation while in bed? This would present a great opportunity to check on young children and the elderly to make sure that there are no choking hazards or items that they can easily wrap around their heads because they are less than secure.
More than 4,000 deaths resulted from being on or around agricultural machinery. Farmworkers are involved in very difficult work that is quite physical. Many times they work in very hot weather that causes them to become exhausted, the days are long and there are many different activities going on at the same time. This work is especially dangerous when heavy agricultural machines are being utilized.
Of all of the causes of death on this list that one might not think about as something that could be deadly, constipation causes over 2,000 deaths a year. It is important to keep in mind that if an individual is suffering from gastrointestinal problems then a trip to the doctor, rather than waiting it out, would be the more prudent course of action.
Almost 2,000 people died as a result of being crushed or jammed between two objects. One of these objects is generally a motor vehicle so it is always important whether you are driving a car or walking as a pedestrian to be very aware of your surroundings and watch for things that might be otherwise difficult to see or seemingly come out of nowhere.
A little less than 1,500 people a year die as a result of falling from a tree. Many of these individuals are working or will be trimming trees while others might be climbing or engaging in what might otherwise appear to be a fun outdoor activity. If you are ever climbing a tree you do not need to fall that far to suffer a serious injury or even death.
More than 1,100 people die as a result of falling while rollerblading, skateboarding, ice-skating, or skiing. If you are ever engaging in any of these activities you should always wear a helmet that has received all of the proper safety accreditations. The opportunity to hit your head on the ground and suffer a serious injury or death is quite great.
A little less than 1,000 people die each year after coming into contact with a power lawnmower. Power lawnmowers are very dangerous machines and should only be used when exercising the greatest precautions. Children should not be allowed to use these machines unless they are of the proper age, have been properly trained, and are adequately supervised.
Although it would appear that these activities listed above are relatively safe in nature these facts should provide you with some pause to think about how one might act or behave differently when engaging in any of these activities. Please be careful and do not become one of these rare fatal statistics.