DAYS OFF YOUR LIFE FROM VARIOUS ACTIVITIES Eating meat regularly 2,555 days Smoking a packet of cigarettes daily (men) 2,250 days Smoking a packet a day (women) 800 days Being 30 percent overweight 1,300 days Driving a motor vehicle 207 days Alcohol 130 days Accidents in the home 95 days Being murdered 90 days Breathing polluted air 77 days Walking down the street 37 days Misusing legal drugs 90 days Using illegal drugs 18 days Coffee 6 days Riding a bicycle 5 days Sources: National Safety Council, National Center for Health Statistics, FBI, Statistical Abstract of the U.S., "Catalog of Risks by B. Cohen and I.S. Lee, "Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention" by D. Schottenfeld and J.F. Fraumeni Jr.
FATALITIES PER MILLION HOURS Skydiving 128.71 General aviation 15.58 On-road motorcycling 8.80 Scuba diving 1.98 Living (all causes of death) 1.53 Swimming 1.07 Snowmobiling 0.88 Passenger cars 0.47 Water skiing 0.28 Bicycling 0.26 Flying (domestic airlines) 0.15 Hunting 0.08 Cosmic radiation from transcontinental flights 0.035 Home living (active) 0.027 Travelling in a school bus 0.022 Compiled by Failure Analysis Associates, Inc. (Design News, 10/4/93)
ANNUAL US FATALITIES Motor vehicle deaths 43,200 Falls 14,900 Poisoning 8,600 Drowning 4,000 Fires, Burns 3,700 Suffocation by ingested object 3,300 Firearms 1,500 Source: National Safety Council, 1997 WORLDWIDE ANNUAL FATALITIES Getting hit on the head with a coconut 150 Shark attack 10 Source: George Burgess, director of International Shark Attack File, 9/02 Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine
ANNUAL US FATALITIES Boating 1,063 Scuba diving 105 (1-2 cases of "Decompression Illness" [The Bends] per 10,000 dives) (7/02 Scuba Magazine) Snowmobiling 60 Water skiing 47 Snow skiing 41 Skydiving 31 Snorkelling 20 Hang gliding 13 Football 6 Basketball 4 Boxing 2 From Skydiving Magazine, 4/96
ANNUAL RISK You will have an auto accident 1 in 12 You will die in an auto accident 1 in 5,000 You will die 1 in 115 You will have a fatal accident as a skydiver 1 in 1,000 You will die while riding your bike 1 in 130,000 You will die in an airplane crash 1 in 250,000 Source: Laudan, Larry. (1994). The Book of Risks.
ACTIVITY RISK HIGH LOW RUSSIAN ROULETTE SLEEPING SKYDIVING COMMERCIAL FLIGHT DRIVING BALLOONING GLIDING MICROLIGHTING HANG GLIDING ?