• By Jeff Olsen

Mayo Clinic Minute: Doctor reminds parents to carve with care

October 14, 2016

a little girl holds a jack-o-lantern pumpkin carved for Halloween with her familyMore than half of Halloween injuries involve pumpkin carving, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Each year, thousands of people end up in emergency departments with cuts, lacerations, and puncture wounds suffered during pumpkin carving activities.

"Sometimes, we’re very excited, and we don’t think about this as being dangerous," says Mayo Clinic internist Dr. Vandana Bhide. "And, you can make it safer by planning ahead."

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Bhide offers important reminders to families about playing it safe when you're turning your pumpkins into Halloween works of art.

Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute

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