Avoid spooky injuries this Halloween

Avoid spooky injuries this Halloween

ROSEMONT, Ill. (October 26, 2017)For many Americans, it’s tradition to embrace spooky occurrences during Halloween. But never should these activities result in injuries.

This Halloween, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) urge you to stay alert to potential injury-causing dangers.

Research from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) shows between 2007 and 2016, more than 704,000 injuries were reported in U.S. emergency departments among children 18 and younger on and around Halloween. Common injuries included head and hand injuries. 
 
EXPERT ADVICE
It’s essential that parents talk to kids about the importance of safety while trick-or-treating in their neighborhoods,” said pediatric orthopaedic surgeon and AAOS spokesperson L. Reid Boyce Nichols, MD. “A common danger is traffic. Both children and adults should always be aware of their surroundings, avoid distracted walking and watch out for traffic.”
 
SAFETY TIPS
The AAOS and POSNA offer the following trick-or-treating safety tips:

Contact(s):
Sheryl Cash
phone: 847-384-4032
email: scash@aaos.org

Kelly King Johnson
phone: 847-384-4033
email: king@aaos.org