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Tips to stay safe while carving pumpkins

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Pumpkins are front and center at the local stores now, but carving a pumpkin is not all that simple. One slip of the knife can mean severe injury to the hand, fingers, tendons, arteries and nerves - something the doctors at Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center have seen all too often.

Dr. Yorell Manon-Matos with the Hand Care Center says they see plenty of injuries related to pumpkin carving. He stresses that you shouldn't use a kitchen knife. A plain kitchen knife can become wedged into the pumpkin and trying to dislodge it can be dangerous. The knife can easily come out of the other end of the pumpkin where your hand may be holding it steady. Just because that kitchen knife is larger and sharper and handier, doesn't mean it's better. It's just more dangerous.

Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips

1.    Leave the carving to adults. Never let a child do any part of the carving
2.    Use the right tools. Use a pumpkin carving knife, not a serrated or plain kitchen knife.
3.    Carve the pumpkin in a well-lit area.
4.    Wash & completely dry the carving knife & cutting surface before you start.  

Pumpkin Carving Safety Tips: www.kleinertkutz.com

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