1. Eating Utah’s delicious fast food (accompanied by extra fry sauce) can send you to the ER.
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the number one killer of Utahns. One of the main contributors to the disease is the long-term consumption of foods high in fat, cholesterol and sodium. We love our burgers, fries and ice cream here, but we should make sure we eat them in moderation.
2. Lack of safety precautions at home and work is a real problem.
Lack of safety precautions don’t really seem “terrifying,” because most people don’t even notice the problem. However, more than 1,000 Utahns died in 2014 due to accidents in the home or workplace.
3. Running into the wrong spider can ruin your day, and cause your flesh to rot...ewww.
Spiders are creepy enough, but Utah has several poisonous species that can cause serious health problems and even death. The brown recluse, black widow, hobo spider and wolf spider are all species that like to lurk around your house in dark corners. Some bites cause necrosis (death of tissue), which can lead to widespread infection.
4. Firearms should be treated with respect and care.
Some say that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Others say that guns don’t kill; bullets do. Regardless of your take on the issue, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 339 firearm deaths in Utah in 2012. Some were the result of accidents; other firearm-related deaths were suicides or homicides.
5. Depression and suicide cause many Utah deaths.
Suicide in Utah is a terrifying problem. Our state ranks 5th in the nation for teen suicide. In 2013, suicide was the number one cause of death for Utahns ages 10-17, the second leading cause of death for Utahns ages 18-44, and the fourth most common cause of death for Utahns ages 45-64. In addition, an average of 13 Utahns per day are treated for self-inflicted injuries.
6. Engaging in Utah’s recreational activities is a blast, but you’d better pay attention out there.
Utah’s wilderness areas are stunningly beautiful, and full of great recreational activities, some of which are pretty dangerous. Rock climbing, backcountry skiing, river rafting, riding on your ATV...all can and just might kill you if you aren’t careful.
7. Whether you have a prescription or are buying them off the street, drugs are killing Utahns at an alarming rate.
Utah has a drug problem. In 2012, 601 Utahns died from drug poisoning. Prescription pain medication abuse has been an issue for our state for many years. As we’ve begun to crack down on prescription shopping, some people are turning to illegal drugs such as heroin instead. The CDC reported that heroin use amongst Utahns has increased significantly between 2002 and 2013. The issue is widespread and affects people of all age groups, race and income levels.
8. Stepping on, picking up or messing around with rattlesnakes is a bad move.
Most people who get bit by a rattlesnake don’t die, but that’s usually because they quickly seek medical intervention. You can die from a bite...and we certainly have plenty of rattlers in Utah. Most people who suffer a rattlesnake bite actually picked the snake up! Give ‘em a wide berth.
9. Driving in Utah can be a dangerous proposition.
The Utah Department of Transportation reports that in 2014, 256 Utahns lost their lives as the result of an automobile accident. 1,405 Utahns suffered a serious injury from auto accidents.
10. Visiting IKEA on Tuesday can finish you off.
After the previous nine terrifying things in Utah that can kill you, I thought we could use a little comic relief. You probably won’t really die from visiting IKEA on a Tuesday, but your blood pressure could definitely spike, putting you at a risk for heart attack, stroke or just a nervous breakdown. Utah has a LOT of kids. Kids eat free at IKEA on Tuesday. Draw your own conclusions.