plenty of frights to go around on Halloween, but a hand injury
probably isn’t one you’d expect.
it’s the fourth busiest holiday for hand injuries,” says
Dr. Sanj Kakar, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic hand and wrist
almost one-third of those Halloween hand injuries are among
kids 10 to 14. And most of them happen when people are carving
primarily stabbing injuries where the knife may slip, and, so,
they can cut things like tendons, which are the ropes that
help move your hands,” Kakar says. “But they can also
break bones, and also they can burn themselves, as well, with
But Kakar says
most of the injuries are avoidable.
“A lot of
people might just go to the kitchen and grab a sharp knife.
But there’s good studies out there showing that actual
pumpkin-specific carving knives (are safer), (because)
actually the force needed to injure yourself, is higher if you
use one of those than if you use a standard knife,” he says.
“So I would use a pumpkin carving kit, No. 1.”
No. 2, Kakar
says, is to let kids handle designing the jack-o’-lantern,
but make sure adults do all of the carving.
And No. 3, make
sure you’re always supporting the pumpkin with your
you’re right-handed, use your left hand to support the
pumpkin and carve from the top down as opposed to the bottom
up,” Kakar says. “It’s very easy for the knife to slip
and go into your hand.”