Avoid doing these things (but if you can't then take extra caution):
Rates of electrocution deaths among men jumped 76 percent between 2008 and 2009--the last year for which data is available, according to a report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The most common cause, trying to fix small appliances like toasters or blenders, the data shows. Unplug everything before going to work.
Roughly 9,000 people end up in the ER every year as a result of messing around with fireworks--a number that hasn't changed since 1997, shows another CPSC report. Yeah, fireworks are fun because they're dangerous. But maybe stick to sparklers.
Boozing Near a Body of Water
Roughly eight adults die every day by drowning-and 80 percent of those victims are men, according to stats from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 70 percent of those deaths, alcohol is involved, the CDC stats show. Clearly, booze and large bodies of water do not mix.
Hanging Your Own TV
Between 2009 and 2011, about 19,000 people were sent to the ER--and 215 were killed--by falling televisions, finds a CPSC report. Unless you really know what you're doing, have a professional install your new flat-screen for you.
Working with Jerks
People who receive high levels of social support from their colleagues also enjoy a 41 percent drop in mortality--while a lack of support in the office has roughly the opposite effect, according to a study from Israel. A lack of friends in the workplace could lead to more work stress, which would explain the higher mortality rates, the study authors say.
Cooking with Gas
Grilling results in roughly 17,000 serious accidents annually, and many of those involve propane grills, according to another CPSC report. (You may have heard about the 2012 explosion that severely burned ESPN commentator Hannah Storm.) While such explosions are pretty rare, fires are significantly more common, and they're usually due to mechanical failure, shows a U.S. Fire Administration report.
Sitting Down All Day
We've been telling you for years: The more time you spend sitting each day, the greater your chances of dying an early death--regardless of how much you exercise. From heart disease to diabetes, sitting for long periods--in your car, at work, on the couch at home--is your ticket to an early grave. Whether you install a stand-up desk or you start standing during your bus or subway rides, stay on your feet to stave off death.
Driving the Day After a Snowstorm
Because the storm has passed, you may assume the roads are safe enough for you to return to your usual driving speeds and habits. But that assumption leads to a significant uptick in accidents and fatalities the day following snowstorms--when the roads could still be slick--suggests research from the University of California, Berkeley.
Working the Night Shift
Melatonin--the hormone that helps regulate your sleep cycle--has been linked to lower rates of killer diseases like prostate and lung cancer. But if you go to bed well after dark and sleep during the daylight hours, your body's circadian clocks can be thrown off balance, causing a big drop in melatonin levels, shows research from the University of Quebec.
...because according to the email I received today, these are the The 10 Most Dangerous Things You're Doing.
We only have one life, let's live it to the fullest. We only have one body, let's take care of it as a sign of our gratitude to our Creator. ♥