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Odd Enough These are all the ways you could accidentally die this summer

July and August record the highest number of preventable deaths.

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Summer is the most-anticipated season of the year for many, as it brings the promise of beach days, barbecues, and warm weather activities.

However, before the fun begins, the National Safety Council wants to remind us all about the potential dangers associated with the hottest months on the calendar.

So, for National Safety Month, the NSC released some facts and tips for us all to keep in mind as we head into summer.

"Someone dies every 4 minutes because of something we know how to prevent," said NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman.

"National Safety Month is the ideal time to pause and take stock of our own safety, because history tells us that the odds may not be in our favor during the summer months."

Their article reports a total of 117,041 preventable deaths in July and August from 2011 to 2015.

These tragedies occurred as a result of poisonings, car crashes, falls, drowning, choking, and fires.

Given that drinking, driving, outdoor fires, and swimming are all common summertime activities, the causes of these accidents are easily traceable.

The NSC also included a few tips for you to follow before your summer bacchanalia begins. These include:

  • Designate a sober, alcohol and drug-free driver.

  • Fall-proof your home by securing rugs, installing handrails on staircases and placing no-slip mats in the bathtub.

  • Before heading to the pool or beach, make sure everyone knows how to swim and someone in the group has been trained in First Aid and CPR.

  • To prevent children from choking, cut food into small pieces and avoid giving them hard candy.

  • Develop an escape plan and practice a family drill in case of a house fire.

Keep these in mind, and make sure your summer isn't the last you'll live to see.

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