The various causes of death are combined with the person's odds of dying from a particular cause to determine the least likely way a person may die during his or her lifetime.
The list is arranged in descending order starting with the least likely way of dying followed by the next least likely and so on increasing the odds of dying.
This data on the least likely ways of dying is from the National Safety Council's Odds of Dying statistics.
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1. Fireworks Discharge
2. FloodLifetime Odds: 1 in 144,156
3. EarthquakeLifetime Odds: 1 in 117,127
4. LightningLifetime Odds: 1 in 79,746
5. Legal ExecutionLifetime Odds: 1 in 62,468
6. Hornet, Wasp, or Bee StingLifetime Odds: 1 in 56,789
7. Hot WeatherLifetime Odds: 1 in 13,729
8. Alcohol PoisoningLifetime Odds: 1 in 10,048
9. Accidental ElectrocutionLifetime Odds: 1 in 9,968
10. Accidental Firearm DischargeLifetime Odds: 1 in 5,134
Notes on Odds Statistics: From the National Safety Council
The odds are statistical averages taken from the whole U.S. population. These odds do not necessarily reflect the chances of death for a particular person from a particular external cause.
Any individual's odds of dying from various external causes are affected by the activities in which they participate, where they live and drive, what kind of work they do, and other factors.