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Pumpkin Carving Safety

Every October, families are excited to carve pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns. To ensure your children have a fun and safe pumpkin-carving experience,  TRIA orthopedic surgeon Yvonne Grierson, MD shares these tips:

  1. Pick the right pumpkin – Select a pumpkin that has a smooth surface and is light in weight.
  2. Carve in a clean, dry, well-lit area Be sure to wash and thoroughly dry all the tools you will use.  Any moisture on your hands or table could cause slipping, which may lead to injuries.
  3. Always use adult supervision Let the adults or older children do the carving.  Kids can still get involved with the process by helping pick out the pattern, drawing the pattern and cleaning out the inside of the pumpkin.
  4. Use the right tools or pumpkin carving kit – Kits include a small serrated pumpkin saw that typically work better than a sharp knife. A sharp knife is not always better because it may become wedged in the thick pumpkin tissue, requiring force to remove it. Injuries from a sharp knife are more likely to cause a deep penetrating cut.
  5. Get help for an injury – If you cut your finger or hand, bleeding from minor cuts will often stop on its own by applying direct pressure. If continuous pressure does not slow or stop the bleeding after 15 minutes, an emergency room visit may be required.  Or for any finger lacerations (cuts),  you can come into TRIA’s Orthopedic Urgent Care.
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