How to Carve a Pumpkin and Remain Free of Injury

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Halloween is a special time for kids’ imaginations to take flight. They may imagine being a zombie, superhero, princess or pirate. But kids don’t dream of taking the fun out of Halloween as a result of being injured. Robert Adler, MD, vice chairman of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles offers some Halloween safety tips.

Did you know one of the most common injuries Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Emergency Department sees is from pumpkin carving? Thanks to our Injury Prevention team, we can help you stay injury free while you carve your ghoulish pumpkin!

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Safe Carving Tools to Use and Preparing Your Pumpkin Carving Surface.

Maintain a clean and dry surface so the pumpkin or carving tools do not slip. Do not use knives or other household items to carve your pumpkin.

Safe Ways to Get the Kids Involved.

There should always be adult supervision for children and teens 18 years and below. Safe activities we recommend are allowing young kids to design the carving pattern or scooping the pumpkin’s “guts” out. The actual carving should be done by an adult.

Stencils are Fun and Help with Safe Pumpkin Carving.

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Carve Your Pumpkin Before Cutting the Top Off. Here’s Why.

Two reasons you should not cut the top off your pumpkin before carving:

  1. You are more likely to stick your hand inside the pumpkin while carving and injure yourself.
  2. It helps maintain a clean and dry work space.

What Lights Should You Put Inside Your Pumpkin and Other Safety Tips.

We recommend using flameless candles or glow sticks to light-up your jack-o-lantern. If you do use candles, the pumpkin should be supervised at all times.

Happy Halloween!!