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Survey Finds U.S. Adults Are Risk Takers

We're not smart cookies when it comes to eating cookie dough, and too often engage in all kinds of other risky behavior.

Those are the findings of a Consumer Reports telephone survey of 1,000 adults.

It found nearly 3 of every 4 Americans put cotton swabs inside their ears, risking a perforated eardrum. Nearly 4 in 10 admit eating raw cookie dough, which can carry salmonella.

Only half the respondents have a carbon monoxide detector at home and 61 percent don't have a rubber mat in the shower. Thirteen percent admitted sometimes drinking beer while using power tools.

The margin of error of 3 percentage points.

An earlier report on the survey found that 58 percent never wear a helmet while bicycling and 27 percent never use sunscreen.

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