Top 5 Ways Nature Kills in Arizona

Mother nature caused nearly 600 deaths in Arizona between 2005 and 2011.

Even though most injuries sustained from nature or the environment aren't fatal in Arizona -- as more than 22,000 people visited emergency rooms for those injuries in 2011 alone -- you might be surprised to find out what the most deadly killers are in the state.

Check out the list of the top-five natural killers in Arizona, including death tolls from 2005 through 2011:

5.) Lightning: 9 deaths


Much better odds than winning a lottery jackpot. The state health department report doesn't show how many, if any, people survived lightning strikes during this seven-year span.

4.) Mauled or Bitten by Dog: 12 deaths


Dog attacks are hardly ever fatal, as 6,720 people visited an emergency room for a dog bite in 2011, but only 12 people have been killed by dog attacks in the last seven years.

3.) Venomous Creatures: 16 deaths


Believe it or not, there were no deaths from scorpions in Arizona between 2005 and 2011, although more than 4,000 people were hospitalized for a scorpion bite in 2011 alone.

2.) Excessive Cold: 157 deaths


It might be news to people who aren't from Arizona, but the entire state isn't an oven.

1.) Excessive Heat: 350 deaths


Number of people surprised by the No. 1 natural killer in Arizona: Zero.

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