No state is without its dangers, and the Peace Garden state is no exception (despite the pleasant nickname). There are some things you need to be aware of when living in North Dakota that definitely pose as safety and health risks. Here are 10 of those things:
1. North Dakota has topped the ranks as one of the most dangerous states to work in.
A lot of this is due in part to oil field related work accidents. Though safety precautions are taken and have been strengthened over the past few years, they still do happen, and more than in any other state.
2. Extremely low temps and windchills can be very dangerous if exposed to for too long.
When a windchill advisory is issued it should be taken seriously. With temps that can drop to 50 below zero, it is certainly a large risk, especially if you don't have adequate protection against the cold. This goes for pets as well. If it's below freezing, make sure your dogs and cats have a place to keep warm.
3. Western Black Widow spiders can be found in North Dakota.
This spider's venom can be fatal if not treated right away. The blood red hourglass makes it easily distinguishable. If you see one of these, do not mess with it. And if you get bitten, definitely seek medical help immediately.
4. There is also one type of venomous snake found in North Dakota, the Prairie Rattlesnake.
These are found primarily in the western half of the state. They have the appearance of most rattlesnakes - loud tail and all - and are primarily non-aggressive but will strike if they feel threatened. They like to hide in tall grasses so be careful if you are out hiking or walking in places with lots of brush that they can hide in.
5. Flooding causes millions of dollars in damage and poses a life threat to those in the area.
Though it doesn't happen every year, it does happen after a lot of winters in the eastern half of the state. Flood waters can be devastating under the right conditions.
6. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in North Dakota.
Fried foods can be a leading contributor to heart disease and there are plenty of delicious fried foods North Dakotans enjoy. Just be sure to enjoy in moderation - bacon is great but you shouldn't necessarily eat heaps of it every single day.
7. North Dakota is ranked as the state with the highest amount of binge drinking.
Binge drinking can result in many different kinds of alcohol-related deaths and unfortunately North Dakota ranks the worst in that area according to the United Health Federation and other studies. The public can also be put at risk by someone's binge drinking, such as through drunk driving accidents.
8. Tornados are common in mid to late summer all over the state.
Late summer storms can be unpredictable here. Tornados can occur all over the state and cause devastation wherever they go. There have been some very strong tornados recorded here before. Proper shelter for tornados, especially if you live outside of town in a rural area, is essential.
9. Bison can actually get pretty aggressive if provoked and sometimes charge people and cars.
North Dakota embraces bison in many aspects but when they are free roaming you should keep your distance. A bull will not hesitate to charge you or your car if they feel you've gotten too close. If you've ever been around bison you know that they certainly aren't small and fragile and can put a pretty good dent in your car or knock you to the ground with ease.
10. Deer also seem to gravitate towards roads, only they won't attack your car - they'll just walk in front of it at the worst moment.
A lot of times this can cause quite a bit more damage to the car than you think a deer could. This can result in a lot more issues if a driver abruptly swerves or breaks to try and avoid a deer while there are other cars around them. Deer are constantly crossing the roads here - just assume every single road is marked as deer crossing and keep an eye out.