Could a certain time of the year be more detrimental to your health than another?

We all look forward to Autumn, right? It is admittedly one of the most beautiful times of year. That time when the temperatures finally begin to drop and we delight in our favorite football team. My wife delights in finally getting to wear her boots and sweaters. Who would ever think Autumn could be dangerous?

But according to a story published by PennLive , lurking among all that beauty and all those special times are injury, mayhem and maybe even death.

So, as we are just a couple weeks in to the season, I thought that I would post the top 5 ways Autumn is trying to kill you.

  1. Deer – according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are more than 1.5 million deer-vehicle collisions nationwide each year. This results in 150 occupant deaths and tens of thousands of human injuries.
  2. Leaves – wet leaves on the ground can be slippery and cause slips and  falls, possibly even car crashes. Plus they can hide things such a pot holes or other road hazards.
  3. Fireplaces – fireplaces are the cause of nearly 23,000 house fires every year, most occurring in the fall.
  4. Sun Glare – With shorter days, the sun is more likely to be in your eyes causing glare and unsafe driving conditions during peak commute times in the fall.
  5. Burning Candles – There is always an upswing in the use of candles in October. The bedroom, living room and bathroom are the top three danger zones. One fifth of fire-fatalities involve falling asleep with a lit candle. Candles are also used in the Halloween jack-o-lanterns.

So, depending on where you live, some of the items listed above may not be as big of a threat.  But all in all, I have to say, I still love Autumn. I guess I just like to live dangerously.

Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .