Halloween is one of the oldest holidays and is full of traditions like trick-or-treating, costumes, and haunted houses. And it wouldn't be Halloween without a great-carved pumpkin. But, if you are not careful, this Jack-O-lantern can land you in the emergency room.
Halloween is among the top three holidays producing the most ER visits with accidental lacerations and puncture wounds to the hands and fingers. Many of these injuries require surgery and rehabilitation. There is a wrong way to carve a pumpkin. Pumpkins can be slippery and tough. In a second, a knife can slip and go through the skin and out the other side.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons gives these tips to keep you and your family safe:
Some people cut the bottom out of the pumpkin instead of the top. That way you can lower the pumpkin down onto a candle without burning yourself. Have a safe Halloween. For the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, I'm Dr. Tedd Mitchell and this is the President's Prescription
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