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SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
ROSEMONT, Ill., Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ghosts and goblins may be coming out this Halloween, but your skeleton shouldn't! As millions of Americans prepare for the traditions of Halloween - pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating and home decorating - the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) urge celebrants of all ages to put safety first.
"The most common Halloween injuries we see are severe hand injuries from pumpkin carving and leg and extremity injuries due to falls from long costumes and/or costumes that impair vision," said orthopaedic surgeon and AAOS spokesperson Kevin G. Shea, MD. "It's a scary thing when individuals are ill equipped with safety rules such as wearing dark costumes without reflectors, or using the wrong tools to carve a pumpkin. By familiarizing yourself with safety tips, you decrease your chances for injuries."
A study published in the 2010 journal Pediatrics found that Halloween is the holiday with the fourth highest number of emergency room visits. Other results from the nine-year study on injuries between 1997 and 2006 included:
To help reduce the risk for injury on Halloween, the AAOS and POSNA offer the following safety tips:
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