It may come as no surprise that Halloween is one of the top three holidays when an emergency room visit is made, but some of the risks may not be the ones you’d guess. Therefore, it’s important to know hot to avoid Halloween injuries.

Avoid Halloween Injuries When Pumpkin Carving

Of course, pumpkin carving is a unique danger this time of the year. However, not only for children but for adults attempting to do so while under the influence. In fact, about a third of all finger and hand injuries on this day are lacerations. And children aged 10-14 are at a greater risk.

When carving pumpkins, use a pumpkin carving kit or tools that are specific for carving. And do not let children carve pumpkins unless supervised closely by an adult. Make sure that the pumpkin, tools, and your hands are all dry to help prevent slips. Young children should use paint, markers, or other decorating kits.

Avoid Large Parties

Other injuries that are frequently seen are hand fractures resulting from altercations where alcohol and large crowds of the party-goers mix. The boxer’s fracture is a break or cracks in the long bone that attaches to the pinky finger. An additional risk in these situations is fighting injuries. These occur when a fist connects with a tooth causing damage to the hand and sometimes an infection from oral bacteria.

Masks & Costume Hemming

Falls from long costumes and impaired vision from wearing masks often result in fractures to hands, arms, legs, and feet. Trimming or hemming costumes and avoiding face coverings is ideal. Mask tend to obscure the vision of the one wearing it. Therefore, not wearing one can also help prevent these falls. Try to choose sturdy, comfortable, slip-resistant footwear. When trick-or-treating, stay on sidewalks rather than cutting through yards. Furthermore, always carry a flashlight at night.

Although there are many frights you might enjoy on Halloween, an injury probably isn’t one of them. Avoiding excessive alcohol and exercising a few precautions can make this holiday a fun and safe one. Carry a cell phone in case of an emergency, and if you experience pain from an injury, consult with an orthopedic doctor who can help you restore mobility and reduce the pain.

If you would like more information about safety and health or are experiencing pain from an injury, please call or visit us at Spine & Orthopedic Center.