Health Tip of the Week, sponsored by Baton Rouge General: Fear of COVID is not the only fright this Halloween

Halloween during a pandemic may seem extra frightful, but the scariest parts may not be what you think. Nearly 4,000 injuries related to Halloween activities happen per year, resulting in unexpected trips to the hospital. This can include pumpkin carving, which is a low-risk Halloween activity as far as COVID goes, but a common injury is cutting a finger tendon in the hand that is holding the pumpkin when the knife slips. Use a pumpkin carving kit or knives specifically designed for carving to avoid injury. It’s also a good idea to avoid using candles in carved pumpkins to prevent burns. Instead, use non-flammable light sources like glow sticks to light your jack-o-lanterns.

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