Avoiding Spooky Injuries This Halloween
A walk around the neighborhood might seem pretty safe compared to the fields and courts most athletes run across at full speed. However, there are a surprising number of Halloween related injuries that occur every year– even while doing something as innocent as escorting a child trick-or-treating. Maybe it’s all the little ghouls running around, or maybe it’s the fact that most yards have insufficient lighting, but an injury on the spookiest day of the year can be easily avoided!
Tips For Staying Safe
Don’t rely on the lighting of house or street lights to guide you through the night; bring a flashlight! A flashlight can help you sport curbs, bumps or holes in the ground in front of you and avoid any falls.
The most common Halloween injuries are those done to the hand/fingers. Keep your digits safe! 20% of the injuries experienced on Halloween are hand/finger fractures. Ask for help when moving heavy decorations, and take caution when climbing higher to hang things.
Still focusing on the fingers, use a knife specific to pumpkin carving when gutting that jack-o-lantern. Many injuries are the result of a knife too sharp, and a pumpkin too slippery!
Make sure the costume you or your child wears doesn’t drastically interfere with walking ability. The second most common Halloween injury is leg fractures as a result of a trip or fall. Long costumes should be pinned up for nighttime trick-or-treating. Shoes should be slip-resistant and comfortable enough to walk confidently in.
Make sure that any mask doesn’t severely obstruct the wearer’s vision.
Call Dr. Matthew T. Boes orthopaedic surgeon today and schedule an appointment! Happy Halloween!