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The Secret To Safely Carving Your Halloween Pumpkin

The Secret To Safely Carving Your Halloween Pumpkin

It's no secret that pumpkin carving can be a little dicey especially when kids are involved. Follow our not-so-secret tips to avoid perilous mishaps this year.

Supervision Is Required!

Never let kids do the carving. Little hands and sharp utensils do not mix. Have your children draw the pattern and remove pulp while an adult uses any sharp tools.

Prep That Pumpkin Space

Dry hands, pumpkins, and tools are a must. Moisture causes your hand or knife to slip. 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.

Perfect The Pumpkin Hold

Injuries usually occur when cutting towards your hand or when the knife slips out the other side of the pumpkin where it is being held. Making small controlled cuts and using tools that cannot reach the other side helps reduce these risks.

It’s All About The Tools

Pumpkin carving kits have been created to make carving easier. 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.

Keeping Your Pumpkin Looking Better Longer

Give your pumpkin a post carve soak. After carving, soak the pumpkin in a bucket filled with a solution of 1 teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water and leave it for about 8 hours. The bleach prevents pumpkins from rotting!

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