Fear not with These Frightfully Good Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is the perfect time for ghosts and goblins of all ages to have a spooky good time, but injuries could turn the holiday into something a little more frightening than expected. If your Halloween does include an unexpected scare, the emergency room at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center will be here ready to provide the urgent care you need so you can get back to the festivities. Here is a closer look at some of the injuries that are most common during the Halloween season to avoid a trip to our ER.

Pumpkin carving mayhem
Finger and hand injuries lead the way on Halloween, and the majority of those injuries are lacerations, often caused by pumpkin carving. Fortunately, you can reduce the odds of needing emergency care for a lacerated finger with these pumpkin-carving safety tips:

  • Use knives that are designed for carving, as they are less likely to get caught in the pumpkin skin. If you don’t have a carving knife, consider buying a pumpkin carving kit.
  • Never let a child carve pumpkins without adult supervision.
  • Always do your carving in a well-lit area, and make sure the carving knives and your hands are dry.

Trick-or-treating terrors
Fractures are also common on Halloween. Trick-or-treaters and partygoers who are wearing costumes may be prone to falling, which can lead to broken bones. To reduce the risk of falling, keep this safety advice in mind:

  • Wear slip-resistant shoes.
  • Make sure costumes fit properly and don’t have pieces long enough to trip over.
  • Walk on sidewalks and paved areas, rather through grass, where you won’t be able to see any kind of trip hazards.
  • Carry a flashlight if walking in the dark.

Collision calamities
From people running into each other to cars hitting pedestrians, collision injuries are common on Halloween. These kinds of collisions can cause serious injuries, but you can reduce the chances of them happening to you with these tips:

  • If you wear a dark-colored costume, always wear reflectors.
  • Cross the street at crosswalks, and look carefully in all directions before walking.

The emergency room in Thousand Oaks at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is ready to get you and your family through any seasonal mishaps that may occur. Get more information about all of our hospital services by calling (877) 888-5746.

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