Why you’re more likely to die in an accident during the summer months

Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean the Grim Reaper has hung up his scythe.

Summer is prime time for poisonings, falls, fires and other preventable deaths, according to recent data by the National Safety Council, a nonprofit and nongovernmental agency promoting safety in the workplace. Fatal accidents spike in July and August as the season of long days, barbecues and beach time brings ample opportunity for death by choking, drowning and car crashes. While America’s overall mortality rate has fallen in recent years, accidental deaths have reached an all-time high, killing 146,571 in 2015, a 7% jump from 2014, according to the Council.

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