• A great white shark is less likely to kill you than falling out of bed. (AAP)
Just going about everyday business causes many more deaths in Australia than sharks.
By
Alyssa Braithwaite

6 Jun 2016 - 4:14 PM  UPDATED 6 Jun 2016 - 4:14 PM

Shark encounters - fatal or not - make for dramatic headlines and photos, but statistically it's very unlikely that you will die in the razor-toothed jaws of one of these ocean predators.

A look at the most recent cause of death figures (for 2014) from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that many more people die going about some of their daily activities than as a result of a shark attack, which accounted for just 5 deaths in 2014, according to The Australian Shark Attack File. 

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Every death is tragic, but it's also important to keep things in perspective. So here are ten things that are more likely to kill you than a shark, according to 2014 ABS data.

1. Falling out of bed

It should be one of the safest places you could be, but according to the ABS, 43 people died from falling out of bed, or, more specifically, a fall involving a bed (don't ask us). Sweet dreams! 

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2. Tripping or slipping over

Clumsiness can be a real cause for concern. Just walking along and taking a tumble ended the life of 170 people.

3. Having a bath

Unfortunately, 11 people died by drowning while taking a bath in 2014.

4. Choking on your food

Make sure you chew carefully at meal times. Choking on food killed 60 people.

5. Hot weather

We know Australia is a hot country, but exposure to excessive natural heat was responsible for the deaths of 35 people. And yet, exposure to excessive natural cold also killed 5 people - the same number as were killed by sharks.

6. Alcohol poisoning

Many of us like to enjoy a drink, but too much can be lethal even if you don't consider the long-term effects or ones compounded by disease. In 2014, 95 people lost their lives to accidental alcohol poisoning. 

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7. Obesity

Obesity was listed as the cause of 281 deaths, which is 56 times more than sharks.

8. The flu

That winter lurgy is much more dangerous than you think. The total number of people who succumbed to influenza was 259. 

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9. A swim in the pool

No dangerous finned creatures in there, but 18 people drowned while swimming in the pool.

10. Falling off a chair

Although these falls probably happened while they were standing on them rather than sitting, in 2014 26 lives ended when people fell from a chair. 

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