Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it is time to start carving pumpkins. Although this is a lot of fun, it can also be dangerous. There is nothing that ruins pumpkin-carving fun faster than an accident with a knife. To keep things safe this fall, follow these tips when you are carving your pumpkins.
1. Get the Right Tools
The first step in safe pumpkin carving is to get the right tools. The best way to do this is to purchase a pumpkin-carving kit that has all the tools you need included in it. If you want to put together your own carving kit, then you should start with a serrated knife. You never want to use a flat blade to cut your pumpkins. Also, get a pair of gloves to handle the messy job of scooping out the pumpkin innards. You will also need a magic marker to trace the outline of the design you want to carve.
2. Work at a Proper Location
Carving pumpkins is a messy job, and the pumpkins can be very slippery. You want to work on a flat surface that will keep the pumpkins from moving while you are using a knife on them. Working on a table works best in most cases. Just make sure that the table is not too slick. You will also need plenty of light to see what you are doing while you are carving.
3. More Sawing than Carving
Again, you do not want to use a kitchen carving knife when you are working with the pumpkin. In fact, pumpkin carving is a bit of a misnomer. It is actually more like pumpkin sawing. Using a serrated blade will give you the best results when you are carving your pumpkins. Use a slow sawing motion when you are carving to make it easier to cut through the pumpkin’s flesh, and reduce the chances that you accidentally cut yourself.
4. Never Leave Kids Unattended
One of the best things about pumpkin carving is that it is a great family activity. Carving pumpkins with your kids will create memories that last a lifetime. However, you need to make sure that you kids stay safe while you are doing it. The best way to do this is to watch them through every step of the process. Never leave them unattended for even a moment.
5. Fire Safety
One of the hazards of jack-o-lanterns is the traditional lit candles that illuminate them. Luckily, this can be avoided by using a flameless candle. These flameless candles will give you that wonderful flickering effect without the danger of an open flame.
Follow these tips to stay safe when you are carving your pumpkins. There is no need to spoil the family fun by someone getting hurt. Take your time and make sure that you follow every rule to keep your family safe when you are creating your jack-o-lanterns this Halloween.