Cleaning is dangerous – official

When you’re cleaning your house, should you be more scared of your washing machine or your vacuum cleaner? That’s one of the pressing questions posed – and answered – by

The insurance firm asked actuary Fred Kilbourne to calculate the comparative risks of various activities. On the laundry front, it seems that washing machines are more likely to cause injuries but clothes dryers are more likely to kill you.

Floor-care equipment causes more injuries than either washers or dryers – so perhaps the best thing is just to play it safe and avoid cleaning altogether.

Texting while driving is more dangerous than drinking coffee because it requires you to take your eyes off the road – well, there’s a surprise.

You’re more likely to die of bubonic plague – which is endemic among ground squirrels in the West – than to be killed by a mountain lion. And you’re more likely to be killed by a bee than a shark.