Here are some safety tips to help you avoid serious injuries:
1. Clean area
Make sure to cut in a clean, dry and well-lit place.
Make sure you use tools that are specific to pumpkin carving.
3. Adult supervision
Never allow children to carve pumpkins. Instead, let them draw a pattern on the pumpkin and be responsible for cleaning out the inside pulp and seeds. When adults start cutting, they should always distance themselves and cut in small, controlled strokes.
Also supervise older children. “Too often, we see adolescent patients with injuries because adults feel that children are responsible enough to stay on their own,” says Dr. Wint.
If you get a cut, cover it with a clean cloth and raise the injured area above your heart. If the bleeding does not stop within 10-15 minutes, or if the cut is deep, you may need to see a doctor. Make sure the wounds are cleaned and covered with a clean bandage.
Make sure you don’t use candles in your pumpkin, instead use an incandescent light source.
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