Halloween safety tips

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Whether you're planning to hang spooky decorations from your front porch, carve pumpkins with the family or roam around your neighborhood to trick-or-treat with the kids this Halloween, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) urge you and your family to practice safety first.

Research from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) shows that during 2007-2013:

"Costumes, candy and scary monsters, tend to be top-of-mind for kids during Halloween, not falls and fractures," said John Gaffney, DO, pediatric orthopaedic surgeon and AAOS spokesperson. "It's important for parents to establish clear boundaries with their kids and teach them safety tips to ensure they have a positive experience, rather than having to visit the emergency room."

The AAOS and POSNA offer the following Halloween safety tips: 


Pumpkin carving

Ladder safety while hanging decorations


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Paul Gordon is the editor of The Peorian after spending 29 years of indentured servitude at the Peoria Journal Star. He’s an award-winning writer, raconteur and song-and-dance man. He also went to a high school whose team name is the Alices (that’s Vincennes Lincoln High School in Indiana; you can look it up).