Be Careful Carving Your Pumpkin this Weekend

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paulaba's cat oversees the hard work.

So what if it's Halloween? The only blood you want to see is on the Saw V (or at the Saw V Annual Blood Drive).

Please be careful when you carve that pumpkin! As our Toddler blogger Cafe Cynthia reported yesterday, emergency rooms will see an increase in knife-related hand injuries this weekend.

Here are tips to keep your fingers safe when cutting your jack-o-lantern from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand:

  1. Carve in a clean, dry, well-lit area. Dry that pumpkin before you take a whack out of it!
  2. Don't let kids carve. Give them seeds to play with. Let them draw on the pumpkin. And always make sure you cut away from your body instead of toward it.
  3. Use a pumpkin-carving kit. Pumpkin carving saws seem to be safer than kitchen knives.
  4. Skip the knife and use paint. Check out Cafe Sheri's Home & Garden blog for 5 Pretty No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas.

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