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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Before you carve that pumpkin, read this



carved_pumpkins.jpgIf you haven't already, now is the time to carve your Great Pumpkin (or my favorite, extreme pumpkins).  I love the whole process, from scraping out the mushy guts to carving the perfect face and making it glow with a candle. But carving pumpkins isn't child's play, as I recently discovered with my 3-year-old daughter.

The knives and the uneven slippery surface can spell disaster, if you're not careful. I found myself telling her to "back up'' and "watch out'' with every cut.

Dr. George Kardashian, a hand specialist at the Center for Bone and Joint Disease in Hudson, says carving a pumpkin can cause serious injury if you accidentally cut your hand or wrist. Hit a tendon, nerve or blood vessel, and you may be headed to the hospital. Talk about scary.

To avoid such an accident, he offers the following tips.

  • Use tools specifically made for pumpkin carving, which are available at most stores that sell Halloween supplies or costumes. 
  • Make sure the knife and your hands are dry so you don't slip during the carving.
  • Do not use an oversized knife or razor blade.
  • Have kids clean out the innards and leave the carving to adults.
  • Let kids paint or draw their own design on the outside.

I took his advice and bought two pumpkins this year, one that I carved and another that my daughter painted and decorated with black felt. It looks great and, as a bonus, will last a lot longer outdoors in the heat.

--Susan Thurston

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[Last modified: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 12:52pm]


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