Carve in a clean, dry and well-lit area
Wash and thoroughly dry all of 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.
Always Provide Adult Supervision to Children
All too often, we see adolescent patients with injuries because adults feel the kids are responsible enough to be left on their own. Even though the carving may be going great, it only takes a second for an injury to occur.
Leave the Carving Part to the Adults
Never let children do the pumpkin carving. I suggests letting 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 always 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. Injuries are also sustained when the knife slips and comes out the other side of the pumpkin where your hand may be holding it steady.
Use the Proper Tools or Purchase a Pumpkin Carving Kit
Special kits are available in stores and include small, serrated pumpkin saws that work better because they are less likely to get stuck in the thick pumpkin tissue. If they do get jammed and then wedged free, they are not sharp enough to cause a deep, penetrating cut.
** If you do have a pumpkin carving accident, clean and keep continuous pressure on the wound, HOWEVER, if you are unable to stop the bleeding, or you are unsure of your Tetanus status, or you are unable to thoroughly cleanse the wound seek immediate medical help**
We often take advantage of our Hands, don’t forget how important they are. We use that as our primary tools for exploring the world; an injury can permanently impact your home and work life. Please be safe this season!