Keep pumpkin carving safe for Halloween

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It’s a Halloween tradition to carve a scary face into a hallowed-out pumpkin to decorate your porch and light the path for trick-or-treaters. Be sure to incorporate safety into that tradition so no one gets cut or injured.

Just ask Brad Gruner, who was starting quarterback for the University of New Mexico’s football team in 2010. His season ended that year when he cut a tendon in his throwing hand while carving a pumpkin.

“The most common accidents associated with pumpkin carving are stab wounds to the fingers and palm,” said Stuart J. Elkowitz, M.D., a hand surgeon at Somers Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Group in Carmel, N.Y., who repairs the resulting gashes every Halloween. It’s often the index finger that’s punctured, causing damage to tendons, nerves, or arteries, Elkowitz told Consumer Reports.

The best way to stay safe while carving is to use pumpkin carving kits instead of kitchen knives to cut your pumpkin. Researchers found that these are easier for kids to use and cause fewer injuries.

For more carving fun, come to Tonkadale Greenhouse’s Pumpkin Carving Workshop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. We’ll have the tools, stencils and accessories you’ll need to carve your pumpkins. All ages are welcome — bring the whole family!

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