We are all, consciously or subconsciously, afraid of something. While some people have very specific, individualized fears, there are some events and/or things that are known to invoke fear and/or anxiety amongst the masses. Each year the National Safety Council puts together a chart, ‘Odds of Dying’, which outlines your odds of dying based on cause. Below are common fears, along with your chance of dying as a result of that item/event.

Personal injury

Every year nearly 40 million Americans will seek medical attention due to an unintentional injury. The vast majority of unintentional injuries could be prevented, yet day in and day out people find themselves in hospitals across the country, their lives completely turned upside down. So, why are unintentional injuries so prevalent? Because far too often people know better, but choose to make unsafe decisions, maybe to save time or money. Here are 5 decisions that commonly lead to injury:

Firework safety

Many towns throughout New York allow residential use of Fireworks, but just because it’s legal does not mean it’s safe. According to authorities each 4th of July thousands of people are injured while using consumer fireworks. In addition, fireworks are the known cause of approximately 18,500 fires each year.

Here are a few safety tips from the National Safety Council about using legal fireworks:

distracted driving awareness

According to experts, approximately 421,000 people are injured every year in distraction related crashes. Distracted drivers put each and every one of us at risk for serious injury and even death. Please join us this month as we promote Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Motor Vehicle Crash

In 2016 approximately 4.6 million roadway users were seriously injured in car crashes, a 7% increase from the year prior. The National Safety Council recently released survey findings that offer insights into what driver behaviors are contributing to motor vehicle crashes. 64% of drivers admitted they are comfortable speeding, 47% of drivers admitted they are comfortable texting, and 10% admitted they are comfortable driving after consuming alcohol.

Holiday safety tips

Holiday related injuries sent nearly 15,000 people to emergency rooms in November and December in 2014. The National Safety council suggests keeping the following in mind as you rush to finish last minute decorating and shopping:

• When hanging the last of the décor be sure to enlist the assistance of a helper, fall down injuries from ladders can be painful and difficult to recover from. 

Kids Sledding

As lawsuits mount along with injuries to children, some towns are banning sledding!

Last year, an 11-year-old girl was sledding down a hill outside her home when she slammed into a picnic table. Her accident was so severe that she lost a kidney and half of her spleen, as well as puncturing a lung. She is not the only one. Every year, 20,000 children are sent to emergency rooms with sledding injuries.

The National Safety Council offers simple tips for safe sledding this season: