Many people enjoy visiting the beach during summer, but a percentage of beachgoers are nervous about shark attacks. While shark attacks tend to make national (or even international) news, the aquatic predators are not nearly as dangerous as you may think. In fact, there is an average of only one shark-related death per year in the US. Not to mention, out of over 500 known types of sharks, only 30 breeds have ever been responsible for an attack—making them much less dangerous than our fellow humans. What else is more dangerous than sharks?
- Driving: There are over 10 million car collisions per year in the US, which leads to over 40,000 annual fatalities. That means that driving to work is much riskier than enjoying an afternoon in the ocean.
- Texting: The dangers of texting mainly arise when people text behind the wheel, which causes about one million car collisions per year. Who knew that that “LOL” or “TTYL” could be more hazardous to your health than a shark attack?
- Fireworks: A summertime favorite (especially on Independence Day), fireworks cause over 10,000 injuries each year, with at least a handful of fatalities as well. Considering they require open flame and explosive power to function, fireworks certainly create more hazards than sharks.
- Trampolines: Jumping on trampolines is an activity that notoriously causes abrasions, concussions, broken bones and other injuries, with the possibility of death if a more severe incident occurs. In fact, about 100,000 trampoline accidents send children to hospitals each year.
- Bees: Bees and wasps are responsible for approximately 50 deaths in the US per year. Multiple stings and even bee allergies are often to blame. Considering that bees are on land and sharks are only in the water, bees are clearly the more dangerous foe.
- Vending machines: Yes, that’s right. Vending machines kill about two people per year due to user error. That means that (statistically speaking, of course) you’re twice as likely to be killed by a vending machine than by a shark. Bet you’ll think twice before shaking a vending machine when your candy bar gets stuck from now on.
Just because sharks, bees and trampolines can be hazardous doesn’t mean that you should avoid them altogether. If you did that, your life wouldn’t be very enjoyable. Instead, simply practice caution when faced with a risky situation. Always pay attention to the road ahead while driving. Always see a doctor if you have a bad reaction to an insect sting or bite. And always swim with a buddy while visiting the beach over your summer vacation.
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