Pumpkin carving is the most dangerous Halloween activity, say experts – The News Herald


Every year on Halloween, parents and children are reminded not to wear masks that could obstruct their vision, to be careful when crossing streets, to carry a flashlight and to wear reflective tape on their costumes during the sleight of hand.

But the most common Halloween injury has nothing to do with all that.

It has to do with pumpkins, knives, and children and teenagers.

Pumpkin carving accounts for 44% of Halloween-related injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

In a distant second time: falling while installing or removing decorations, tripping over costumes or walking during a sleight of hand. Falls accounted for 25% of Halloween injuries.

Carving accidents are the result, in some cases, of “people really not paying attention,” said Ryan Desgrange, medical assistant specializing in orthopedics at Henry Ford Health.

Children and young adults between the ages of 10 and 18 are the most common patients with carving injuries, he said.

“Probably the most common injuries from pumpkin carving are puncture wounds to the hand and cuts, although if it’s a really serious injury it could involve a severed tendon or bone. fractured,” he said.

In some cases, pumpkin carvers have been known to lose a fingertip, Desgrange said.

It offers the following safety tips:

– Do not put your hand inside the pumpkin to stabilize it.

– Cut yourself off.

– Prune in a clean, clear and well-lit area.

– Pumpkin carving kits are preferable, as they contain knives that tend to be dull.

– Bring your pumpkin indoors at least a day before you carve it. Cold pumpkins are more difficult to cut.

– If you have young children, let them draw a picture on the pumpkin and have an adult do the carving. Children can then help dig out the inside.

– If you cut yourself, apply pressure with a sterile dressing. Go to a hospital emergency department or urgent care center if you feel numbness or tingling or if you cannot stop the bleeding.

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