Halloween injuries: How to prevent or treat

Caring For Our Kids

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Halloween is one of the most fun and exciting nights of the year for children, but there is one scary statistic we should all know: On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.

It’s also a busy holiday for hospital emergency rooms.

Dr. Lise Christensen with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital stopped by the WATE 6 On Your Side studios to share more – and what parents can do to prevent or treat Halloween injuries.

The Halloween-related injuries that emergency rooms see most include

  • Head injury from being hit by a vehicle or falling
  • Cuts & lacerations
  • Pumpkin carving is the biggest culprit according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Burns open flames from candles or lighters

Here are some ways that parents and guardians can try to prevent injuries on Halloween:

  • Make sure your child’s costume is not too long
  • Trim it if necessary. Kids are excited and will run.
  • Skip the masks these prevent children from fully seeing their surroundings
  • Always trick or treat with an adult – older children should not be expected to watch younger kids
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights so they can be seen by drivers
  • Cross the street at corners and trick or treat on one side of street before heading to other side – do not dart back and forth
  • Remind adults to drive safely, watch for kids and limit distractions in their vehicles on Halloween.

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