The most dangerous Halloween-related thing you’ll likely do this year is carve a pumpkin. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that between October and November 2018 in the United States, 44 percent of Halloween-linked injuries were connected with pumpkin-carving. More than one-quarter of Halloween-related injuries included cuts, ingestions, and costume, pumpkin or decoration-related injuries, and there were nearly 2,700 injuries involving trips and falls. Orthopedic hand surgeon Dr. Craig Phillips says, “It is important for parents to establish clear boundaries with their kids and teach them safety tips to ensure they have a positive experience, rather than having to visit the hospital.” When carving pumpkins, be sure to use carving knives or knives specifically designed for the task, and be sure to carve in a clean, dry, and well-lit area, and be sure there is no moisture on the carving tools or your hands.
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