Louisiana Pumpkin-Carving Injuries Up 46 Percent This Week
Here's an ominous statistic for Halloween: This week we'll see 46% of all pumpkin-related knife injuries for the entire year.
According to a survey, the number of persons who end up in the emergency room in the United States each year for a knife related incident is around 2,000. In October, 84% of them take place.
Even grownups, according to experts, ought to use those orange carving knives for pumpkins. Compared to a genuine knife, they are far safer. Consider painting pumpkins instead for youngsters under ten. Alternatively, you might wish to carve for them.
Here are a few more stats to help keep you safe:
1. Teenagers and pre-teens are the most likely to cut themselves. 32% of injuries involve kids between 10 and 19 years old. Kids under 10 are next at 20%.
2. The last three days leading up to Halloween will see the most injuries. There's always a spike on weekends, and the night before Halloween. So that's this coming Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
3. Your thumb and index finger are the digits you're most likely to cut. Around 60% of pumpkin-carving injuries involve those two digits.
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