Keep kids safe this Halloween

October 18, 2012

Topic: injury prevention

Keep kids safe this Halloween

With Halloween right around the corner, it's important for parents to start emphasizing injury prevention on the fun, candy-filled night for their little trick-or-treaters. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons states that nearly 30 percent of mishaps that occur during Halloween-related activities are among children between the ages of 10 and 14. Head injuries are the most common.

"I often see hand fractures and lacerations that stem from falls, or from using sharp carving tools," said Edward Akelman, M.D. "To reduce these injuries, it’s essential to utilize the proper pumpkin carving tools and avoid costumes that obstruct vision, which can lead to falls and other bodily harm."

Despite that October is an injury-prone time, there are some safety tips that parents can take into consideration. For instance, Halloween night may be fun and exciting with lots of activity taking place on the streets. While this is going on, it's important to keep kids on the sidewalks and prevent them from cutting across roads, yards or driveways in the dark without checking for traffic. In addition, parents should make sure that costumes don't restrict a child's vision, aren't so long that they drag, are flame resistant and fit appropriately. 

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