How do you think you will die? It may be a morbid thought but everybody dies, so why not have a think about how you would prefer to kick the bucket?
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Cause of Death data, we are more likely to die from domestic violence than terrorism. At least eight times more likely. Yet not nearly as many people have their knickers in a knot about the rate of domestic violence in Australia, as they do about terrorism.
With the pandemic of panic surrounding anything and everything to do with terrorism, it might be time to look at things with a little perspective. After a week of politicians shooting their mouths off and the media flying into a spin over every small detail, let’s have a look at 10 other things you’re more likely to die from than terrorism, in and around the house.
In 2013 alone, more than three hundred deaths were recorded as being related to bullying.
Falling out of bed
In the period from 2003 to 2012 four hundred and seventeen people died falling out of bed.
Falling off ladders
In the same ten year period, 230 people were reported to have died after falling from a ladder.
Yes. People still get shingles. In fact in the period 2003-12, two hundred and twenty eight people died from shingles.
One of the most common workplace fatalities, electrocution took 206 lives in the period 2003-12.
Falling off chair
198 people were recorded to have died from falling off a chair in the period 2003-12.
Ever felt like you were going to die from Gastro? Well it is possible, with 168 deaths recorded between 2003-12.
In the ten years between 2003 and 2012, 137 people lost their lives due to falling off or under a tractor.
Chicken pox has claimed 63 lives in the period 2003-2012.
10 deaths were reported from 2003-2012 as a result of being hit by lightning.
In the decades since the 1978 Sydney Hilton Hotel bombing, about 100 Australian people have died as a result of an act of terror. Although you are far more likely to meet your end around the house than through an act of terrorism, these statistics reflect that we possibly have bigger issues at hand, such as domestic violence, that don’t attract nearly as much attention, focus or resources as terrorism.