Did you know Halloween is among the top three holidays that produce the most emergency room visits? Last night while talking to a friend of mine online, she mentioned that she was standing by with Band-Aids while her husband and two young children carved the first pumpkin of the season. Carving pumpkins has always made me incredibly nervous, even when adults are doing the carving without little onlookers. Luckily, they got through that first pumpkin without incident, but that isn’t always the case. Due to the high volume of finger and hand injuries in children ages 10 to 14 related to the Halloween holiday, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has recently released some crucial safety tips to keep you and your family safe and happy this Halloween season.
- Never let children carve pumpkins. Adults carving pumpkins should remember to use specifically designed carving knives, rather than kitchen knives, as they are less likely to get stuck in the thick pumpkin skin. Carve the pumpkin in small, controlled strokes, away from oneself on a strong, sturdy surface.
- Carving knives should be kept in a clean, dry, well-lit area. Any moisture on the tools, hands, or table can cause the knife to slip, leading to injuries.
- Should a pumpkin carver cut a finger or hand, make sure the hand is elevated higher than the heart and apply direct pressure to the wound with a clean cloth to stop the bleeding. If continuous pressure does not slow or stop the bleeding after 15 minutes, an emergency room visit may be necessary. Additionally, it may be wise to follow-up with a hand surgeon to make sure everything is okay and nothing needs repair.
- Be considerate of fire hazards when lighting jack-o-lantern candles or use non-flammable light sources, like glow sticks or artificial pumpkin lights. Alternatively, try painting pumpkins for a fun, creative option and remove the risk of carving.
- Halloween costumes should be light and bright, so children are clearly visible to motorists and other pedestrians. Trim costumes and bags with reflective tape that glows in the dark.
- Costumes should be flame-resistant and fit properly. Be sure the child’s vision is unobstructed from masks, face paint or hats. Costumes that are too long may cause kids to trip and fall, trim or hem their costumes as necessary.
- Children should wear sturdy, comfortable, slip-resistant shoes to avoid falls.
- It is important that children walk on sidewalks and never cut across yards or driveways. They should also obey all traffic signals and remain in designated crosswalks when crossing the street.
- Trick-or-treaters should only approach houses that are well lit. Both children and parents should carry flashlights to see and be seen.
- Be aware of neighborhood dogs when trick-or-treating and remember that these pets can impose a threat when you approach their home.
- It’s also a good idea to carry a cell phone while trick-or-treating in case of an emergency.
3 thoughts on “Halloween Safety Tips for Your Little Monsters”
A sense of safety is really a virtue in very occasion. As possible, parent must always guide their children especially those who are five years old and below. Basically, the celebration of Halloween will include candles, so just be very careful on that for it could create fire.
I wish Australia had halloween 🙁
Be with your kids if they will carve the pumpkin even they will use the carve knife.. Don’t ever use the knife that you’re using in the kitchen because it’s so dangerous..