(CNN)Americans are afraid of a lot of things: public speaking, heights, snakes, clowns and flying, just to name a few. Only some of these things can kill you, and none of them are likely to.
When it comes to flying, you've probably heard this before: You're more likely to die from a lightning strike than in a plane crash. It's true
. You're also more likely to die from being attacked by a dog, stung by a bee or choking on your food.
But chances are you haven't thought too much about the leading cause of death for people in the United States ages 1 to 44
: unintentional injury. In 2016 (the latest year for which data is available), 61,749 people in that age group died as a result of an unintentional injury, nearly twice as many as from cancer and heart disease combined. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these deaths were predominantly a result of motor vehicle accidents and unintentional poisonings.
The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to avoid becoming an unintentional injury statistic, and they start right in your own home.
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