We often think of Halloween as a fun day full of costumes, haunted houses, making lanterns and eating lots of sweets.
But it appears that the holiday is one of the most dangerous of the year.
There were 4,500 Halloween-related injuries treated in emergency departments last year, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Without fail, October 31 sees a large number of cuts due to pumpkin, falls from tripping over costumes and pedestrians hit by cars.
But there are ways to protect yourself.
DailyMail.com spoke to the experts who each year this year deal with their top tips on how you can trick-or-treat in the safest possible way.
DailyMail.com reveals four Halloween health risks that you need to watch out for and how to prevent them from having a safe and enjoyable holiday (file image)
1. PARENTS MUST SEE FOR MARIJUANA-LACED CANDY
The fear of children being poisoned by Halloween candy allegedly began in The New York Times in 1970, in which parents were warned of strangers who might sweep sweets or hide razor blades in them, The conversation.
Dr. Joel Best, a professor of sociology and criminal law at the University of Delaware, has been that way Keep up cases of & # 39; Halloween sadism & # 39; from 1958 to at least 2012.
He has yet to find an injury related to strangers who mess with candy.
But parents have been warned by sheriff departments throughout the country, including Ohio and Pennsylvania, for marijuana foods and sweets with THC infusion.
To keep children safe, authorities recommend throwing away any item that is home-made & # 39; is wrapped in foil or transparent packaging or does not appear to be candy sold in stores.
The US Food and Drug Administration also recommends that parents use sweets to ensure that they don't see any signs of spills, such as holes or tears.
2. CHILDREN ARE MOST LIKELY TO GO BY CAR'S ON HALLOWEEN
A study Published last year by the University of British Columbia in Canada, it turned out that Halloween is the most dangerous day of the year for cars to hit children.
Researchers discovered that children were 10 times more likely to be run over and that the most dangerous times got stuck between 5 pm and 8 pm.
The team said that one way to reduce the number of fatalities is that some neighborhoods are car-free.
They also suggest that parents talk to their children about how to safely cross the street and supervise younger children during trick-or-treat.
In addition, published tips about the American Automobile Association & # 39; s website make sure that parents make sure that their children's clothing is light in color to improve vision and wear some form of light – but not to make it flash in the eyes of drivers.
A study published last year showed that children were 10 times more likely to be run over on Halloween, with the most dangerous times between 5 and 8 p.m.
3. PUMP POINTING CAUSES THE MOST INJURY ON OCTOBER 31
Last year, 44 percent of all Halloween-related injuries were associated with carving jack-o & # 39; lanterns, according to the CPSC.
That makes pumpkin carving the most dangerous activity related to the holiday.
But John Hoellwarth, public affairs officer, gave a few tips on how to prevent stab wounds or punctures.
& # 39; What we recommend is supervising children during their pumpkin carving, & he said to Dailymail.com.
& # 39; One of the best ways to do this is to have the children follow the pumpkin design with a knife and let the adult cut it out. & # 39;
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, 44% of all Halloween-related injuries last year were associated with carving jack-o & # 39; lanterns (file image)
He also advised not to put a real candle in the pumpkin to light it.
& # 39; You often put that on a porch and it can be accidentally knocked over and cause a fire, & # 39; said Hoellwarth.
& # 39; Turn it on with a synthetic light or a battery-powered light instead of an open flame. & # 39;
4. MAKE YOUR HOME A SAFE SPACE FOR TRUC-OF-TREATERS
Last year, 25 percent of Halloween injuries were due to falls while hanging decorations or tripping over costumes, according to the CPSC.
But Dr. Stephanie Lee, a pediatrician and spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatric (AAP), says that the simple act of setting up lights will prevent such injuries.
& # 39; When it comes to costumes at home, make sure there is reflective light to prevent tripping and falling, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; If you want flashy lights, a kind of black light, so that it is visible if it is (children) can see where they grow
Doctors recommend that houses are well lit so that children do not stumble over their costumes and pets are leashed so that they do not jump or bite into trick-of-treaters (file image)
She also recommended that homeowners drive pets so that they don't accidentally jump or bite on a trick-of-treater.
According to the AAP, children between five and nine years of age are among the most frequent victims of animal bites, with five percent of children in this age category being bitten every year.
& # 39; Have them chained when they are outside or, if they are inside, in a fenced area or try to keep them up so as not to scare children that they are not used to, & # 39; said Dr. Lee.
& # 39; Rabies is fairly rare in the states, but we want to keep that risk and that of infections low. & # 39;
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