Crazy ways it could happen to you

Most of the time most of us have our wits about us and therefore don’t get injured.

But it only takes a momentary lapse in concentration or a ‘brain freeze’ moment and injuries or even death can occur to smart, cautious people.

Following are some statistics I come across of crazy ways that people got injured or even killed.

3 Australians die each year testing if a 9V battery works on their tongue.

71% of people over the age of 50 are injured due to opening supermarket packaging.

43 Australians were admitted to casualty departments in the last 2 years from attempting to open beer bottles with their teeth or eye socket.

142 Australians were injured since 1998 from trying on a brand new shirt & not taking out the pins first.

18 Australians were seriously burned in 1988 from putting on jumpers while having a lit cigarette in their mouth.

31 Australians have died since 1996 from watering the Christmas tree while the fairy lights are still plugged-in.

19 Australians have died in the last 3 years by eating Christmas decorations they believed were chocolate.

Hospitals reported 4 broken arms last year after cracker pulling incidents.

58 Australians are injured each year by using sharp knives instead of screwdrivers.

8 Australians have cracked their skull since 1997 after falling asleep (passing out) while throwing up into the toilet.

The above stats are courtesy of CommInsure.

If you are mostly healthy and careful but, like me, are the occasional victim of brain freeze then an accident-only insurance policy may be worth considering as a cost-effective way to protect your lifestyle.

Author: Matt Hern

Certified Financial Planner professional, Matt Hern has three times been awarded as one of Australia's Top 50 Financial Planners by The Australian Financial Review Smart Investor. He is passionate about guiding you on the right financial choices to achieve what you really want. Matt Hern is an Authorised Representative of Charter Financial Planning Limited AFSL 234665. All information is general advice only.