How To Safely Carve Your Halloween Pumpkin

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Carving a pumpkin for Halloween can be great fun, but if not done correctly can leave you injured. These tips will help keep you safely carve your Halloween pumpkin.

First: Do the carving of your Halloween pumpkin in a clean, dry, well-lit area. Having wet tools, hands or cutting table can cause slippage and lead to injuries.

Second: It is important for children to always have adult supervision (without alcohol use) when carving Halloween pumpkins. It is never recommended to allow children under age five to do the pumpkin carving. Instead, allow kids to draw a pattern or face on the pumpkin and have an adult carve. Allow the child to be responsible for cleaning out the inside pulp and seeds. They can use their hands or a spoon for this. Children, ages five to ten, can safely carve a Halloween pumpkin, but only with adult supervision.

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Third: It is important when safely carving Halloween pumpkins to cut the right way. You should always cut away from yourself in small, controlled strokes. A sharp knife is not necessarily the best tool 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 placed incorrectly when the knife dislodges from the thicker part or slips.

Fourth: Using a pumpkin carving kit is the safest way to carve a Halloween pumpkin. Special pumpkin carving kits are available for purchase and include small serrated saws that are less likely to get stuck in the thick pumpkin. If the saw does get stuck and then becomes free, it is not sharp enough to cause a major cut. Fewer injuries occur with use of carving kits.

If you do get cut carving your Halloween pumpkin, keep the following in mind:

Minor cuts will often stop bleeding on their own or by applying direct pressure to the wound. These minor cuts can be treated by washing with soap and water initially. After this initial care, keep the wound clean and dry while it heals.

However, if the bleeding continues after 15 minutes or if you lose the ability to move the finger properly (very likely a tendon injury), then seek medical attention at a hospital emergency department.

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