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CARVE IN A CLEAN, DRY, WELL-LIT AREA

Wash and thoroughly dry all the tools that you will use, including: carving tools, knife, cutting surface, and your hands. Any moisture on your tools, hands, or table can cause slipping that can lead to injuries.

LEAVE THE CARVING TO ADULTS

Never let children do the carving – let kids draw a pattern on the pumpkin and having them be responsible for cleaning out the inside pulp and seeds. When the adults do start cutting, they should always cut away from themselves and cut in small, controlled strokes.

SHARPER IS NOT BETTER

A sharper knife is not necessarily better, because it often becomes wedged in the thicker part of the pumpkin, requiring force to remove it.  An injury can occur if your hand is in the wrong place when the knife finally dislodges from the thick skin of the pumpkin.

USE A PUMPKIN CARVING KIT

Special kits are available in shops and include small, serrated pumpkin saws that work better because they are less likely to get stuck in the thick pumpkin tissue.

HELP FOR AN INJURY

Should you cut your finger or hand, bleeding from minor cuts will often stop on its own by applying direct pressure to the wound with a clean cloth. If continuous pressure does not slow or stop the bleeding after 15 minutes, an emergency room visit may be required.

 

Happy Halloween, sleep tight.

Sources: https://www.memd.me/pumpkin-carving-safety; http://www.assh.org/handcare/hand-safety/pumpkin-carving