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The National Safety Council publishes all sorts of interesting and not-so-interesting reports every year.  A paper detailing the  odds on how we might die sounds really morbid, but it has a creepy kind of fascination.  Maybe it will come in handy when the kids want to borrow the car on a stormy night to check out some fireworks at the local gun shop…!

And we are heading towards summer, too, and hurricane season.  So now that we will all likely be spending more time outdoors, playing with campfires and boats and walking our dogs, let’s have a look the true odds of – you can do this! – dying of various and sundry causes:

  • Heart disease, 1 in 6
  • Cancer, 1 in 7
  • Stroke, 1 in 28
  • Motor vehicle accident, 1 in 88
  • Intentional self-harm, 1 in 112
  • Accidental poisoning and exposure to noxious substances, 1 in 130
  • Falls, 1 in 171
  • Car crashes, 1 in 303
  • Assault by firearm, 1 in 306
  • Pedestrian, 1 in 649
  • Motorcycle rider, 1 in 770
  • Accidental drowning, 1 in 1,123
  • Exposure to smoke, fire, 1 in 1,177
  • Pedalcyclist, 1 in 4,717
  • Firearms discharge, 1 in 6,309
  • Air and space transport accidents, 1 in 7,032
  • Electrocution, 1 in 9,943
  • Excessive natural heat, 1 in 12,517
  • Cataclysmic storm, 1 in 46,044
  • Lightning, 1 in 84,079
  • Legal execution, 1 in 96,691
  • Dog attack, 1 in 120,864
  • Earthquake or other ground movement, 1 in 148,756
  • Flood, 1 in 175,803
  • Fireworks discharge, 1 in 386,766
(Special thanks to Tom Barlow, The Buyline, Forbes)
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