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Carving a jack-o-lantern comes with some safety risks. Dr. Manon-Matos from the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center shares some of the best ways to decorate your pumpkin without risking injury.
Surgeons at Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center treat patients with carving related injuries every year. Most hand injuries occur when children and adults try to use kitchen knives to carve their pumpkins. Hand injuries from pumpkin carving can be so severe that nerve or tendon damage may occur and the function of the hand may be affected.
For older children and adults, a pumpkin carving knife/saw should be used, and a sawing motion, rather than a sharp cutting action, should be used to help prevent serious hand injuries.
Kleinert Kutz tips to keep children safe
·Let adults do the carving. (Children can draw designs on the pumpkin or help remove the pulp.)
·Never leave children unattended with carving tools.
·Pumpkin carving saws are the safest tools for carving.
·When carving, cut away from your body in small and controlled strokes.
If an injury occurs:
·Elevate the hand above the heart and apply pressure to the cut with a clean cloth.
·If continuous pressure for 15 minutes does not stop the bleeding, seek emergency care.
·If any numbness or inability to move the fingers occurs, or if the injury is visibly serious,