What would Halloween be without the fun of carving pumpkins? It’s a tradition that dates back many years and one many children enjoy. However, according to a study published in the Journal Pediatrics, Halloween is among the top holidays producing the most ER visits for kids, mostly due to finger and hand injuries.
The American Society for Surgery of the Hand has these following safety tips:
- Always provide adult supervision. It only takes a few seconds for an accident to occur if unsupervised.
- Carve in a clean, well-lit, dry area. Any moisture on your tools can cause slipping that can lead to injuries.
- Adults should only do the carving. Children can trace the pattern and clean out the pumpkin seeds.
- A pumpkin carving kit helps reduce the chance of injuries.
- Consider painting a pumpkin instead.