The children’s costumes are ready, the bedsheet ghosts are swinging from the trees, there are orange string lights hanging everywhere and now it’s finally time to carve the pumpkin. It’s a timeless Halloween tradition and you may be doing it all wrong.
Every October, hospitals treat four to five times more hand injuries than usual as a result of jack o’ lantern carving.
“I do see patients that come in with a hand-related injury,” Dr. Stuart Elkowitz, an orthopedic surgeon, told CTV Vancouver on Thursday. “Lacerations of digital nerves as well as flexor tendons.”
So before you make your first puncture, read the following tips that may help you prevent any carving injuries this Halloween.
1. Don’t use a kitchen knife
As tempting as it is to reach for a kitchen knife to carve a pumpkin, experts say you shouldn’t. A regular knife is sharp and more likely to slip around during carving, Catherine Roberts, consumer reports health editor, warned. Instead, she advises purchasing specialized tools designed for pumpkin carving that are typically…