Things More Dangerous than Nuclear Power: Bed Sheets

I was in beautiful Wilmington, NC last year for my birthday. My girlfriend and I reserved a room at a resort hotel on the beach, with a room facing the ocean. We had but one simple request for the hotel for our stay, inspired a Reddit post: we wanted a pillow fort.

They delivered.

Epic pillow fort of glorious-ness.

There was only one problem with our fortress of snuggary. The roof of the fortress was made with a bedsheet, and bedsheets are dangerous. How dangerous, you ask? More dangerous than nuclear power.

According to the CDC, accidental suffocation and strangulation in bed caused 855 infant deaths in 2014. The data doesn’t specifically state what caused the strangulation or suffocation, but the common things cited are bedsheets, pillows, or crib bars.

Even if you survive infanthood, bed sheets can still critically injure you, up to ten years of age. [Editors note: Haha! Why go through Infancy when you can go through infanthood instead?]

I imagine that very elderly people could also be subject to suffocating via sheets and blankets; however, I was unable to find any data that specifically supports my reasonable speculation. If you do find some, let me know!

Regardless, absolutely zero infants have died from commercial nuclear power in the United States, making the industry far safer to the public than those dastardly bedsheets.


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Idaho National Laboratory or of any agency of the U.S. government.

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