Kids may encounter some scary surprises on Halloween, but they shouldn't get injured while they go trick-or-treating.
However, U.S. emergency departments reported more than 700,000 Halloween-related injuries involving children and teens between 2007 and 2016. In many cases, kids are sustaining head or hand injuries, according to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.
"It's essential that parents talk to kids about the importance of safety while trick-or-treating in their neighborhoods," said Dr. Louise Reid Boyce Nichols, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon in Wilmington, Del.
"A common danger is traffic. Both children and adults should always be aware of their surroundings, avoid distracted walking and watch out for traffic," Nichols noted in a news release from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
There are several ways children, teens and parents can avoid injuries on Halloween. Experts from the AAOS and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America recommend the following:
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers more Halloween safety tips.
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