Afc Urgent Care Hillsdale would like to wish everyone a happy Halloween & as an urgent care center, we wish everyone stays safe as well. One of the staples of Halloween is carving pumpkins! Carving pumpkins is something the whole family should enjoy to really get into the spooky spirit. However, Carbing pumpkins still involve a knife & some other sharp accessories! Read more to make sure your pumpkin carking goes safely.

Make sure to clean everything

When its time to carve a pumpkin, you should want to make sure that the area that you are going to be working in is nice & clean. Accidents tend to happen when you are working in a dirty area or example: If you are carving a pumpkin on a slippery table or have a knife in your hand while walking over objects you could slip or trip & seriously injure yourself. After your surrounding is clean make sure to wash hands. We know this can prove to be a challenge when carving a pumpkin because the insides get everywhere, however having dirty & slippery hands can lead to you dropping sharp objects.

Don’t Sharpen your knives!

It is a common misconception that sharpening your knives before carving a pumpkin would be safer because it can get straight through easier. However this is not the case, an extra sharp knife is just as dangerous as a dull knife in this situation. A lot of us are not familiar with the density of a pumpkin & we can slice right through & hit a finger, hand or wrist. If a knife gets stuck in a pumpkin remember to take it out slowly & not in a forceful manner because that can lead to further injury.

Don’t have a Kit? Buy one.

The easiest way to make sure you have the proper tools for carving a pumpkin is to buy one! A pumpkin carving kit will come with tools that are made specifically for carving & will be a lot safer to use than some knives from home. Some kits even come with stencils for children! We hope these tips will make your kids safer this Halloween season!