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Top 17 Harmless Looking Things You Should Stay Away From


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Your mother tells you every day to stay away from the sea during the stormy weather? She warns you not to play with knives and blades? She reminds you not to brawl with anyone? But what if she or anyone else in your house unknowingly do things that are highly injurious to their lives? There are many things that seem harmless but they can be one of the most unusual and deadliest ways to die. Following is the of some bizarrely harmful things.

17. Shoveling snow:

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Many countries in the world including US, Canada, and Russia experience high levels of snowfall during winters. Clearing the snow around houses may seem fun but it is way more dangerous than fun. Shoveling snow during or after a blizzard causes heart attacks often. From the year 1990 to 2006 emergency wards in the US recorded 11,500 cases where people sustained damage (almost 1,647 among these 11,500 people died eventually.

Safety tips:

Stop forcing yourself. Listen to yourself, response to the indication that your body gives. If your body needs rest, take rest. Work with a friend or family member to segregate duties and share the work load. Drink water to hydrate yourself and keep your heartbeat as moderate as possible.

16. The flu:

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Flu might look like an ordinary sickness but it becomes fatal if ignored. People with a low immune system including the infants, oldies (over 65), pregnant women and with an adverse health condition (asthma, diabetes etc) find it difficult to fight flu. Between 1976 and 2006 deaths caused per year due to flu were in thousands. It ranged from 3,000 to 49,000 during flu season, which is quite alarming.

Safety tips:

Getting vaccinated before the flu season (that stars after October) is the best way forward. It provides you with extra fighting power against the virus. Another way is to limit your contact with the people already affected; it would decrease the chances of the virus getting spread.

15. Insufficient sleep:

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The National Department of Transportation estimates that dozy driving causes 40,000 injuries each year followed by 1,550 deaths. The human body needs minimum hour sleep that might differ from person to person, and insufficiency in that might cause serious injuries while doing sensitive things like driving.

Safety tips:

Sleep for at least 6 hours, the time period may increase to 9 hours per day.

14. Small wounds and cuts:

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The small wounds might look like an ordinary thing and to bear them may feel courageous. But the fact is that if you don’t clean and cover your wounds properly, it has a high risk of getting contaminated by viruses (which may include hepatitis). Contaminated wounds may cause severe damage to health than the wound itself.

Safety tips:

Avoid doing things that lead toward getting cut. Clean your wounds regularly and keep them covered. Visit doctor occasionally, if the wound is a severe one.

13. Vending machines:

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Many people reading this point would find it hilarious. But from 1978 to 1995, 37 people died and 113 suffered injuries due to vending machines falling over them. These cases forced the vending machine makers to agree on adding a warning which says “tilting or rocking the vending machine is dangerous and causes deaths”.

Safety tips:

Stop tilting, rocking or jiggling vending machines.

12. Pressure washers:

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Pressure washers are used for cleaning objects by spraying a thin but high-speed water beam. The cleaning part seems quite fun and is in fact very effective. But things would become dangerous if you point it at other individuals. The wounds are not usually visible but are deep inside. The injuries appearing minor can cause a delay in treatment which leads to disabilities and infections. Another thing is the water beam hitting that might fly in a projectile and hit someone.

Safety tips:

Never point the pressure washer at others and do not use it to move things around.

11. Drinking too much water in a small time period:

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Drinking too much water causes intoxication. When someone drinks so much water that his kidneys cannot process it and the water gets accumulated, eventually resulting in swollen brain and lungs. It has happened to athletes and people feeling insatiable thirst.

There are two examples of such thing happening:

In 2005, a man died drinking water from a water jug over and over again during a fraternity ragging ritual. Similarly, a woman died in 2007 died in a radio station’s water drinking competition.

Safety tips:

Listen to your body. Drink water when your body needs, avoid forcing yourself to drink an unnecessary amount of water.

10. Dryer lint:

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Dryers can catch fire and heat up when lint builds up in it. The lint building up might make it difficult for the turbine to rotate; increased friction and hurdles in operation might end up in the machinery getting overheated. According to US Consumer Product Safety Commission report in 1998, 15,600 dryers caught fire during the year which caused 20 deaths and 370 injuries.

Safety tips:

Keep cleaning the lint in between use.

9. Water bodies:

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When it comes to unintentional deaths, drowning is always up in the ranks. Rivers, seas, and beaches might look attractive, romantic and scenic. But the reality is that it is the third biggest cause of death from unintentional injury (number first in the cause of unintentional deaths for kids under 4 years). Among all drowning deaths and injuries; 9.7% occurred in the bathtubs, 16.3% occurred in swimming pools, 47.2% occurred in natural water, and 26.8% unspecified.

Safety tips:

When you are at beaches or poolside, keep a close eye on your children; even if the lifeguard is on duty. Do not let your children take bath in the bathtub without your supervision.

8. Cleaning the bathroom:

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Bleach and other bathroom cleaner react to produce toxic gases that are injurious to human health. Using bleaches on a floor, where a layer of bathroom cleaner is still present, can kill you.

Ammonia also does the same when it reacts with bleach.

Safety tips:

Before using bleach or other cleaners, it is preferable to read the instructions on how to use & the precautions. Try to keep them away from each other.

7. Tylenol:

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Consuming too much Tylenol or Acetaminophen (a painkiller from which Tylenol is made of) causes 500 deaths in the USA each year. When taken in a prescribed amount, it is very useful. But the thing is that taking high amount or Acetaminophen is very easy, just because it is present in all medications. Overdosage of Acetaminophen causes 60,000 lever failures in the US each year.

Safety tips:

Always read the label of medication before using it. Make sure you do not take Acetaminophen simultaneously in two different medicines. Take doctor’s advice before taking any medicine.

6. Cheating on your wife:

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The reason discussed under this section is not that wife would kill husband just because he cheated on her. The reason behind these deaths is heart attacks during sexual intercourse. Almost 75% of deaths caused during sex happen during sexual intercourse with a woman outside marital relationship.

The percentage of death during sex is way lesser than other reasons i.e. 0.6%.

Safety tips: Do not cheat.

5. Blowing vagina:

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Ever heard about fatal air embolism? No? I will tell you. If you take a syringe full of air and start pumping the air in your vagina. Enough air and force can result in fatal air embolism – air bubbles getting into your bloodstream and killing you.

Safety tips: Do not let anyone blow your vagina.

4. The Slow Loris:

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All the babies look cute. And when it comes to “The Slow Loris”, people get deceives because of its cute looks. It’s cute baby face, small size and furs on its body are what people see often. But the thing is that Loris has toxic glands on its elbows, which they lick usually, transferring the venom to the mouth. This makes its bite deadly. And this surely is one of those things that you should stay away from.

Safety tips:

Stay away from Loris; keep your children away from it. Avoid getting bitten by it.

3. Eating food:

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Eating too much food at the same time might cause choking. Choking is a very common type death, especially among the children. Hot dogs and other fairly bigger food products can be a problem in chewing and can lead to choking.

Safety tips:

Cut your food into small pieces, if you give hot dogs to kids, or tell them to chew their food. Tell them not to talk while eating with their mouth full.

2. Extractor and humidifier fans:

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Extractors and humidifiers are quite helpful in keeping the room environment normal. There is one thing that causes trouble i.e. dirt and dust particles getting stuck in the fan. Humidifier if not cleaned; gives a favorable environment to spores and bacteria to grow, which then forms a part of your room environment. On the other hand, extractors, once they get clogged, can cause a fire.

Safety tips:

The solution is quite easy and simple. Regularly wash fans with water and washing powder.

1. Coconut trees:

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The coconut trees seem like an ultimate source of relaxation. With people paying thousands of dollars to visit tropical islands and enjoy resting under the shades on coconut trees beside the beach, river, and sand. The coconut itself is a quite delicious fruit. But wait for a second, stop imagining. The coconut trees are 25-35 meters high and coconut weighs 1 kg at least with a tough outer core. Now imagine yourself resting under a coconut tree, and a 1 kg coconut falls from a height of 35 meters. Deadly enough?

Safety tips:

Avoid resting or sleeping under coconut trees, as much as you can. Rest under the trees, from which the restaurant owner has cut the coconut.


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Top 17 Harmless Looking Things You Should Stay Away From

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