It's the time of year when you might be gearing up to carve a pumpkin or two for Halloween, but you should be careful.

A new report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission reveals that pumpkin carving incidents accounted for nearly 3,200 of the 16,706 Halloween-related injuries treated in U.S. emergency departments, doctors' offices and clinics.

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons spokesman Dr. L. Reid Boyce Nichols said in a news release,

Pumpkin carving is a fun activity, but it can result in serious cuts on the hand and injuries to bones and tendons. Consider having children decorate pre-carved pumpkins with stickers and paint to avoid using sharp objects. This will allow the children to join in the fun while eliminating the use of sharp objects and their risk of injury.

Jack 'O Lanterns can be very frighting, but they shouldn't be hazardous.

Parents while you're out at the pumpkin patch or local store picking out your pumpkin follow these steps to ensure you and your family have a safe and fun Halloween.

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